Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam has demanded that his party should field north Indian candidates from at least 35 of the 60 constituencies in Thane and Mumbai in the forthcoming Maharashtra assembly elections. He said that a majority of population in Mumbai and Thane was of north Indians, who had migrated either from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states and settled there. He, however, left the final decision to party.
Nirupam, an ex-Shiv Sena man, told mediapersons here on Sunday that Sena, which tried to play Marathi-manus card, never succeeded in getting over 80 seats in the state. He also ruled out any threat to Congress from Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). According to him, MNS was the new incarnation of Shiv Sena and it would not pose any problem to Congress in the state. He claimed that he won the Mumbai north in recent Lok Sabha elections seat because of the performance of the Congress-led government at the centre and refused to give credit to MNS.