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Poll outcome symbol of stabilisation of secular forces:NCP

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, May 11 (UNI) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today said that the outcome of assembly elections to four states and one union territory was a symbol of ''stabilisation of secular forces'' in the country.

Addressing a press conference here, party spokesman Dr Ratnakar Mahajan said if the newly elected governments focus on developmental and people oriented programmes,the BJP and its like minded parties would be wiped out automatically.

Referring to the Rae Bareli by-election result, he said BJP candidate Vinay Katiyar finished third with about 19,000 votes. ''He could not save his deposit. It goes to show what is in store for the party in UP'', he added.

Speaking about his own party's performance, Dr Mahajan said NCP opened its account in Asom winning one seat and till reports last came in, the party candidate was leading in one more seat. In Kerala too, the party won one out of the two seats it contested. But, in West Bengal,NCP lost both the seats it contested.

When asked about his party's stand on the one month jail sentence to Transport Minister Surupsing Naik, he said it was a serious case as a senior minister from the state was indicted for the first time in such a manner by the apex court. ''This has happened for the first time in the history of the state. Mr Naik is seeking legal recourse. Let's see what happens. We would not like to comment on opposition demand seeking the minister's ouster'', he added.

Dr Mahajan said it was the prerogative of the Chief Minister and the concerned minister to sack or resign from the ministry.

Responding to a question on presence of a rebel candidate for the May 26 biennial election to the Legislative council from Konkan graduates constituency as Ratnagiri Nagar Parishad president, belonging to the NCP, Umesh Shette has filed his nominations, he said the party's official candidate was Bhaskar Jadhav and any other person filing nomination on party ticket would have to withdraw. Tommorrow is the last date of withdrawal.


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