Congress’ central leadership has given “Mission 20 plus” to its state unit, to ensure the party’s victory in at least 20 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra in the 2024 general elections.
The party has also asked its senior leaders to take responsibility for at least two Lok Sabha seats to ensure this outcome.
The meeting was called in the wake of recent political developments in the state where the party’s MVA ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) saw a vertical split with its senior leader Ajit Pawar rebelling against uncle and party president Sharad Pawar and joining the Eknath Shinde– Devendra Fadnavis government.
“The message from the central leadership is very clear. It has asked the state leaders to not bother about the political developments in the state and instead focus on Lok Sabha polls. More importantly, each party leader has been asked to take responsibility for at least two Lok Sabha seats as the party has given the target of 20 plus for 2024,” said a senior leader from the party, who attended the meeting.
The Congress has not managed to cross the double digit mark in the last two general elections in Maharashtra, despite it being one of the strongest forts of the party.
It managed to win only one LS seat in the 2019 general polls.
Following the weakening of the NCP and Shiv Sena (UBT) – allies of the Maha Vikas Aghadi – Congress has become the largest among the three.
With the seat-sharing formula yet to be discussed, the Congress is likely to get the biggest share.
Amid the ongoing tussle in the party against present party president Nana Patole, the central leadership seem to have decided to not support any side.
“The state unit has been asked to sort out differences between themselves and instead focus only on the Lok Sabha polls. Results of general elections are of utmost importance to the central leadership. Delivery of results during those elections will be observed by the central leadership to decide on future actions,” said the leader.