NCP should merge with Cong: Pawar associate

There is nothing to justify NCP`s existence as a separate entity, a senior party leader said.

Mumbai: The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) should merge with Congress, as there was
nothing to justify its existence as a separate entity, a
senior NCP leader has said.

"NCP should merge with Congress," Ratnakar Mahajan,
founding member of the 11-year old party, said in a letter to

"Even you (Pawar) have on several occasions, said NCP
has decided to support Congress to save the country from
communal forces," Mahajan said, adding there was no reason
to justify existence of a separate party.

"It must be accepted that as the Big Brother, Congress
has treated NCP with honour," Mahajan, former chairman of
Maharashtra State Planning Board, said.

"I am sure you (Pawar) will discuss the suggestion
(for NCP merger with Congress) with party colleagues and take
a decision soon in the larger interests of the country,"
said Mahajan, convenor of the committee set up by Pawar to
formulate policies of the party a year after it was formed.
"When NCP was formed on June 10, 1999, you expressed
the desire to create a political culture that will wipe out
negative image about politics and politicians among people.
Ten years on, it cannot be said that people`s expectations
have been fulfilled," Mahajan said.

"Though NCP`s performance in the 1999, 2004 and 2009
elections was good, it is not enough to reach the broader
objective and a mature and experienced leader like you knows
this," he said.


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