NCP supports SP decision, says doors open for tie-up
NCP, which was first to pull out of the 'grand alliance' in poll-bound Bihar, Thursday supported the decision of the Samajwadi Party to storm out of it saying it (NCP) was making efforts to forge a third front of smaller parties in the state.
Patna: NCP, which was first to pull out of the 'grand alliance' in poll-bound Bihar, Thursday supported the decision of the Samajwadi Party to storm out of it saying it (NCP) was making efforts to forge a third front of smaller parties in the state.
"They (SP) have taken a right decision," NCP General Secretary Tariq Anwar said here.
Anwar, who is Lok Sabha member from Katihar, said that with Mulayam Singh Yadav walking out of the alliance "the efforts to bring back splinter parties into Janata Parivar have virtually come to an end."
After NCP walked out of the alliance, their 3 seats were given to SP along with two others from RJD quota totalling five. But, they rejected this.
The NCP leader, whose party bid adieu to the alliance over being ignored in seat-sharing, said JD(U), RJD and Congress were virtually monopolising the grand secular alliance by "unilaterly" distributing large number of seats among themselves even without consulting NCP and SP.
"Sometimes we are blamed for weakening secular alliance by walking out but its not true. We are forced to do this due to monopolistic approach of JD(U), RJD and Congress," he said.
The NCP leader said his party would love to enter into a tie-up with the SP after today's development.
"Earlier I had talks with SP Bihar chief and he had expressed agreement to be together. But, after today's development I do not know what will be their approach, but we'll welcome if they come with us," he said.
Anwar said his party was waiting for a response from the Left Front to fight the Bihar elections together. He said NCP was also in talks with smaller parties like Samras Samaj Party of former Union minister Nagmani and Bahujan Samaj Mukti Party which has spintered from the BSP of Mayawati.
The NCP General Secretary, however, dismissed any chance of tie-up either with Janadhikar Party of Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav and All India Majlis-e Ittihad al-Muslimin of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi as his party did not agree with their ideology.
He said NCP was waiting for reply of Left and others "but if they do not come we'll fight alone in Bihar."
The NCP leader slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for competing with each other in "speaking lies" in the name of economic package for the state to lure voters.