After a meeting with the National Congress Party officials, party president Sharad Pawar declared that the party will give more tickets to young and women leaders in the Assembly elections. State NCP unit president Jayant Patil told media at YB Chavan Centre that the party had decided to give more preference to youth and women in the upcoming elections. “We have decided to contest the Assembly elections with more enthusiasm,” he said, Asian Age reported.

The part held the meeting to introspect on the Lok Sabha Elections where it won a total of four seats and to prepare a plan for the upcoming assembly elections. Apart from discussing the future plan, it also discussed the potential of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) which has pinched the Congress and NCP votes in at least ten seats.

“It is a reality that the VBA damaged the Congress-NCP’s prospects in eight to 10 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra and helped BJP-Sena to win those seats. The people have now understood the real strength of the VBA in the state. We are confident that the people will vote differently in the Assembly elections and will not want to waste their votes on the VBA,” Patil said.

Party’s state president has vowed to take on the ruling party in the assembly elections and emerge victoriously. It will have its key leaders visit the key drought areas in the state and have them assess the situation there. It will also consult with local party leaders to discuss impactful candidates who can lead the party to victory in the assembly polls.

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Party’s influential leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal, Ganesh Naik, Parth Pawar, and Sunil Tatkare attended the core meeting held by Pawar. Then after that, another general meeting took place with the defeated candidates and party legislators along with district presidents on the same day.

Party’s winner candidates include Supriya Sule from Baramati, Sunil Tatkare from Raigad, Udayanraje Bhosale from Satara and Amol Ramsing Kolhe from Shirur.

After the results that came in for women candidates fielded by regional parties in Odisha and West Bengal where over 50% women fielded won the seats, there is a lot of confidence being shown towards women political leaders.

After the results that came in for women candidates fielded by regional parties in Odisha and West Bengal where over 50% women fielded won the seats, there is a lot of confidence being shown towards women political leaders. Biju Janta Dal in Odisha fielded seven women out of 21 candidates of whom five won the seats and Trinamool Congress fielded 40% women candidates of whom nine women candidates women the elections. It was Naveen Patnaik who announced for the first time in Indian history that he would field 33% women candidates from his party and his party’s tremendous choices in women legislators has sent inspiring women grass-root workers in the parliament today. This encouraged Mamata Banerjee of TMC to also field more women candidates.

Her women candidates list was dominated by Bengali women actors and she has sent two young and women actors to parliament today.

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