Congress and NCP issued a Whip to its corporators in all the civic bodies coming under the eight local authorities constituencies that go to polls on December 27 in Maharashtra directing them to vote for alliance candidates only.
A joint statement issued, however, is silent on the candidature of former NCP leader Prasad Lad and former Congress leader Jayant Sasane for Mumbai and Ahmednagar local authorities constituencies.
The joint statement issued by Congress states that both Lad and Sasane could not withdraw their candidature in time before the last date of withdrawal of candidature.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Ashok Chavan and NCP state president Sunil Tatkare have declared the list of official candidates for the forthcoming Council elections.
Both the opposition parties have struck an alliance for the Legislative Council polls.
Eight local authorities constituencies in the Legislative Council that go to polls on December 27 are Mumbai (two), Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Solapur, Dhule-Nandurbar and Akola-Washim-Buldhana.
The Congress has fielded its sitting MLC Ashok alias Bhai Jagtap for Mumbai local authorities constituencies. He will take on rebel former NCP leader Prasad Lad.
In Kolhapur local authorities constituency the Congress has fielded Satej alias Bunty Patil. In Solapur local authorities constituency the NCP has fielded its sitting MLC Deepakaba Salunkhe.
In Dhule-Nandurbar local authorities constituency, the Congress has fielded its sitting MLC Amrish Patel. Whereas in Akola-Washim-Buldhana local authorities constituency the Congress-NCP have supported the candidature of Ravi Sakpal.
The Congress-NCP joint statement is also silent on whether they are extending their support to sitting Independent MLC Arunkaka Jagtap for the Ahmednagar local authorities constituency where he is facing challenge from rebel Congress leader Jayant Sasane.