The pact entered by the top leadership of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with regard to helping each other in electing presidents and vice-presidents of the zilla parishad has been thrown to the winds by both the parties.
While the NCP showed scant regard for the pact in other parts of the State, the Congress violated the agreement in Kolhapur during the election of the zilla panchayat office-bearers on Wednesday.
Congress refused to join hands with the NCP and got Sanjay Mandalik elected as president and Hindurao Chaugale as vice-president by combing with the members of Shetakari Sanghatan led by Raju Shetty, MP.
In Sangli, the NCP broke away from the alliance and joined Jan Surajya Shakti Party and independents to get its candidate Amarsinha Deshmukh elected as president. Basavaraj Patil of Jan Surajya Shakti Party was elected vice-president of the ZP.