NCP to break alliance with Congress in Maharashtra: Reports

As the deadlock over seat-sharing between the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) continues, the Sharad Pawar-led party is expected to break its long standing alliance with the grand old party in poll bound Maharashtra, reports on Thursday claimed.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2014, 16:48 PM IST

Mumbai: As the deadlock over seat-sharing between the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) continues, the Sharad Pawar-led party is expected to break its long standing alliance with the grand old party in poll bound Maharashtra, reports on Thursday claimed.

Reports today emerged that NCP will formally break the coalition once Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena once breaks apart.

NCP is expected to call a press conference today evening and announce its final decision.

While the Congress-NCP coalition continue to be in limbo, there seems to be no end to the deadlock between the BJP and Shiv Sena over seat-sharing for the October 15 Assembly Elections in Maharashtra.

Even as reports quoted top sources of the central BJP as saying that the split was final and that it was just a matter of time before a formal announcement is made, state leadership of the BJP and Shiv Sena said after another round of talks that nothing had been decided yet.

Meanwhile, all senior NCP leaders, including party chief Sharad Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, state party chief Sunil Tatkare, senior leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Praful Patel today met at Ajit Pawar's official residence - Deogiri - to decide the next move.

The party is expected to announce its list of candidates and also take a call on the future of tie-up with Congress, a NCP leader said.

Speaking to ANI, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said the Congress is adamant and seems they don't want to take the alliance forward. “I think we will reach a decision today,” he added.

While admitting that the NCP-Congress alliance is going through a crucial phase, Anwar said that it seems like Congress' allies like Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party will also break apart.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi sounded positive saying that the alliance will be intact. However, Singhvi maintained that if it ends up to be a one handed clap then it will be "ekla cholo" for the party.

The Sharad Pawar-led NCP's core committee met Wednesday to discuss its future course of action.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the alliance with NCP for next month's Assembly elections would be difficult to sew up if "impossible" conditions were laid down.

The NCP has said it would continue the alliance but has remained firm on its demand for half the Assembly seats - 144 - in the Oct 15 Maharashtra Assembly elections.

NCP has rejected Congress's proposal that it put up candidates for 124 seats, or 10 more than the 114 which it had contested in 2009.