NCP to form secular alliance without Congress

In an apparent bid to give pinpricks to its major ally Congress, the NCP on Friday announced that it will form a secular democratic front in poll-bound states like Kerala and Assam.

New Delhi: In an apparent bid to give pinpricks to its major ally Congress, the NCP on Friday announced that it will form a secular democratic front in poll-bound states like Kerala and Assam.

But the NCP tied itself up in knots when it said it will protest against the Union government of which its leader Sharad Pawar is a part.

"We would like to be with the Congress but Congress does not want us to be with them.... If Congress does not give us space, we will try to find our own space," NCP General Secretary D P Tripathi told reporters here.

He said the NCP will forge an alliance of secular and democratic parties in various states, particularly in Kerala and Assam, where elections are due next year.

Tripathi said NCP is now a part of the Left Democratic Front in Kerala and will contest elections jointly next year.

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