By Ashutosh Shukla

Lucknow: With an eye on the upcoming Uttar Pradesh ( UP) Assembly elections, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is in power in Maharashtra along with Shiv Sena and Congress has launched its membership drive to strengthen the party in the poll bound state.

The NCP is trying to make a dent in the reign of Saffron Brigade for which it is negotiating with the Samajwadi Party and other like minded political outfits. The party has also entrusted upon the responsibilities of strengthening the organisation at grass root level upon some of its committed leaders of Hindi speaking States. In due course it has made the NCP Vice President of Bihar Prof. Naveen Kumar in-charge of the party political affairs of Uttar Pradesh. 

While launching the membership drive of the party in Lucknow in presence of the NCP state President Umashankar Yadav on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Mr Kumar said that the 90 days long drive would continue till the end of the year to have a reach of the party up to booth level.

Mr Kumar who was on a day long tour of the state said here today that as of now the party has decided to continue the membership drive till December 31st during which its committed workers would strive for expansion of the organisation in various districts.

He said that at least two executive members would remain present at every booth to monitor the membership drive.
Overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the party workers in the state headquarter, Mr Kumar said that following the direction of the party supremo Sharad Pawar, he along with others were trying to strengthen the party in UP. He  claimed the NCP would certainly emerge as a strong alternative in UP.

Indicating about the ongoing negotiations with Samajwadi Party for a tie up during the upcoming UP Assembly Elections, Mr Kumar outlined the programmes of the party to be held in near future and informed that a joint rally of the NCP and Samajwadi Party would be organised after Dussehra festival in the state. The rally would be addressed by the NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. Mr Kumar claimed that the rally would be a decisive factor for the UP elections.

Meanwhile NCP state President Umashankar Yadav said that the party has demanded to contest at least 20 seats in alliance with the SP in the state.