Nagpur: Congress and NCP have forged an alliance ahead of the February 16 election of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, vowing to dethrone the ruling BJP.

The tie-up of Congress and NCP, coalition partners at the state level, was finalised last night in Mumbai in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, NCP state president Madhukar Pichad, minister Anil Deshmukh and Congress MP from Nagpur Vilas Muttemwar.

Muttemwar and Deshmukh on Thursday announced the tie-up saying that BJP's misrule had only added to woes of the city. A larger alliance with like-minded parties such as RPI and local political outfit Lokmanch would be announced soon, they said.

Muttemwar said RPI factions led by Prakash Ambedkar (Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh), Jogendra Kawade (Peoples' Republican Party) and Upendra Shende would be joining the larger alliance.

Of the 145 seats of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, NCP will get 29 and Congress the remaining seats after allotting few seats to RPI and Lokmanch, Muttemwar said.

Congress would start conducting interviews of the ticket-aspirants from Friday. NCP has already conducted interviews.

(Agencies)