Thane: NCP chief Sharad Pawar will soon undertake a tour of Maharashtra to assess the party's preparation in the state ahead of the next general elections.

This was announced by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar while addressing a rally of elected representatives and party office bearers.

He said the party was making every effort to reach the common man and the recent drive of Yuvati Congress, undertaken by Supriya Sule was in that direction.

Similarly, Pawarsaheb will soon undertake tour of the entire state to gauge the party's strength and boost the cadre for poll preparations. His itinerary was being finalised by the party state unit, the Dy CM said.

Ajit Pawar also gave a yeomen call to his party men to be set for elections and tell people about the good work done by the NCP.

"Any elections may come any time now and hence you should be well prepared for face them. You should not be caught napping," he said.

He listed various populous measures taken up by the Congress-NCP government and said that it was committed to welfare the citizens.

He said the Rajiv Gandhi Jivdai Yojana was one example where several thousand could be benefited and out plans are to cover nearly two crore families in the state in the coming days.

Pawar also said that the issue of power supply in Mumbra, Kalwa Kharigaon was discussed with him recently by local leaders. "I want you to totally eradicate leakages and power thefts. Soon the state will introduce a system by which the Power Headquarters at Prakash Ghad will come to know the status of the power meters at your residence," he said.

He urged the corporators of controversy-ridden Thane Municipal Corporation to allow its functioning smoothly or else warned them of action.

Earlier, when he arrived in the city, MLA and City President Jitendra Awhad welcomed the DCM by travelling in a 'tonga' to indicate that he was protesting against the rise in price of diesel and the restrictions that the government had brought on cylinders.


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