Mumbai: The Congress in Maharashtra is keen on getting Rahul Gandhi to campaign for the party in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections scheduled on February 16.

"We will send an invite to Rahul Gandhi requesting him to spend at least a day in campaigning for the BMC elections," said Sadaf Aboli, Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress president.

He said Rahul's participation will make a huge difference to the fortunes of the party, which in alliance with Sharad Pawar-led NCP, is seeking to end the long rule of the Shiv Sena at India's richest civic body which boasts a yearly budget of over Rs 20,000 crore.

"If he addresses two-three rallies, it will make a huge difference for the Congress-NCP alliance. It will boost the morale of candidates and increase their winning chances," Aboli said.

As soon as the campaigning for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections gets over (in early February), invitation would be sent to Rahul, he said.

Congress will contest 169 seats in the 227-strong BMC, while NCP will field candidates in 58.

(Agencies)