Thakre said that the Congress came out with flying colours in Sangli where alliance partner NCP had been ruling for quite some time in the Municipal Corporation. (Agencies)
Two NCP stalwarts, state Home Minister R R Patil and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil were camping in the district but Congress won the polls.
The Congress also won the Bhor Municipal Council again defeating NCP. The party snatched an MNS seat and pushed NCP to fourth place in by-election in Pune Municipal Corporation, Thakre said.
He said that now the party was keen to penetrate in Jalgaon Municipal Corporation where polls are scheduled later this month. Though the party was doing well it has no presence in the Jalgaon civic body.
On the seat sharing with alliance partners like NCP during the forthcoming general elections and state assembly elections in 2014, Thakre parried direct queries but said that both the elections will be fought on the basis of respective party strength in local bodies.
Moreover, other factors including the final say by Congress high command, prevailing political situation at that time and electoral merits of individual candidates will be deciding factors.
“It is too early to talk both polls,” Thakre said.
On the separate Vidarbha issue, Thakre who hails from Yavatmal district in Vidarbha, chose to be silent. Former Congress chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushil Kumar Shinde who is now Union Home Minister, Ashok Chavan and Prithiviraj Chavan, have opposed creation of separate Vidarbha.
Thakre said that the Congress came out with flying colours in Sangli where alliance partner NCP had been ruling for quite some time in the Municipal Corporation.