Pune News: Maha Vikas Aghadi Unveils City-Level Coordination Committee to Strengthen Electoral Position

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Pune, 20th February 2024: In a strategic move aimed at fortifying its electoral stance, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) – a coalition comprising the Congress, NCP-Sharadchandra Pawar, and Shiv Sena (UBT) – has announced the establishment of a city-level coordination committee. Eknath Pawar, a senior leader, emphasized that this decision stems from the necessity to formulate comprehensive strategies for the impending Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha, and municipal elections. The committee, formed during a Monday meeting, appointed Manav Kamble as its head.

Manav Kamble, known for his three-decade-long advocacy and grassroots activism, particularly in Pimpri-Chinchwad, emerges as a notable voice against the policies of the ruling party. The formation of the MVA city-level coordination committee signals the alliance’s proactive approach in gearing up for electoral battles at various governance levels. With preparations underway at the city level, the MVA aims to present a robust challenge against the ruling grand alliance. Senior leaders and workers from all three political parties participated in the meeting, deliberating on the upcoming electoral dynamics.

Present at the meeting were Eknath Pawar, regional organizer of Shiv Sena (UBT) Sanjog Waghere, Shiv Sena (UBT) organizer for the Maval Lok Sabha constituency Sachin Bhosle, city Shiv Sena (UBT) president Gautam Chabukswar, former MLA Ravikant Varpe, Sulakshana Shilwant-Dhar from the NCP-Sharadchandra Pawar group, Tushar Kamthe, city president of NCP-Sharadchandra Pawar group, and Narendra Bansode representing the Congress. The Maval Lok Sabha constituency is set for a direct contest between the Mahayuti and MVA coalitions. Although the BJP candidate from Maval remains unclear, a Shiv Sena (UBT) leader is emerging as the MVA’s choice, as the coalition gears up for the upcoming elections.

The coordination committee will comprise four members each from Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress, Sambhaji Brigade, and the Communist Party, along with additional representatives from social organizations. In the uncertain electoral landscape of the Shirur Lok Sabha constituency, both Mahayuti and MVA are yet to finalize their candidates. Nevertheless, the MVA coordination committee is preparing to leverage its collective strength in Shirur. Tushar Kamthe, speaking on behalf of the committee, expressed concern over the prevailing atmosphere of threat across the nation and affirmed MVA’s determination to counter it through unified action. Pawar expressed confidence that MVA allies could collectively bring about a meaningful change in society.

During the meeting, MVA leaders acknowledged the pervasive sense of fear in the current sociopolitical landscape at both the national and state levels. Forces aiming to sow discord along religious and caste lines and threatening dissenters have created an atmosphere of fear. Leaders stressed the imperative to cultivate a fear-free environment by confronting and dispelling fears, uniting in this endeavor, and standing together against oppression.