Don`t take us for granted, NCP warns Congress

On Monday, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane quit the Maharashtra Cabinet. And a day later, the NCP on Tuesday warned the Congress not to take it for granted.

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014, 11:25 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

Mumbai: These are certainly difficult times for the Congress party.

On Monday, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane quit the Maharashtra Cabinet. And a day later, the NCP on Tuesday warned the Congress not to take it for granted.

Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Majeed Memon said that the Congress will have to give up its arrogance or else its future might be in doubt.
“Congress shouldn`t take the NCP for granted,” Memon stated categorically.

He sought to remind the Congress that the NCP has been its most loyal partner. “Congress should respect that stature and pay heed to NCP`s legitimate demands regarding seats,” he stated.

The NCP is demanding that it contest 144 of the 288 seats in Assembly Elections due later this year. In the last elections in 2009, the NCP had contested from 114 seats and won 62 of them.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena today took pot shots at the uneasy Congress-NCP ties.

Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Jaahaj doobne laga hain to chuhe bhaagne lagey hain (rats have started to abandon the sinking ship).”