After six years of power-sharing, National Conference on Sunday said it did not compel Congress to forge an alliance with it to form government in Jammu and Kashmir and said its top brass was "belittling" the ruling party with "reckless and irresponsible" statements.
NCP, which parted ways with Congress, ending their 15-year-long alliance in Maharashtra ahead of the October 15 Assembly polls, today said it was holding talks with Samajwadi Party for a possible tie-up for the elections.
Despite several days of hectic parleys between the two parties, the seat-sharing tussle finally led to the collapse of the twenty-five year-old alliance between Shiv Sena and the BJP which also saw the two sides blaming each other for not showing enough flexibility in saving the alliance.
Amid reports that BJP and its oldest ally Shiv Sena are likely to part ways ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections, BJP Maharashtra in charge Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Thursday evening said that "we are still eager to keep the alliance intact."
Addressing party workers in Mumbai, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray said, "There is a tug of war in the alliance. What is happening right before elections is unfortunate. Seat distribution is a complicated affair."
With Shiv Sena and BJP still at loggerheads over seat sharing, Congress is expected to fast track tomorrow selection of candidates for Maharashtra where it is fighting the Assembly election in alliance with NCP.
With notification for the October 15 Maharashtra assembly elections to be issued tomorrow, the NCP today said it is still awaiting a proposal from the Congress to discuss the seat-sharing arrangement but at the same time has completed all preparations to contest the polls which are barely a month away.
Rejecting the latest offer of 119 seats by the Shiv Sena (SS) for the Oct. 15 Maharashtra assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party said it had always adopted a spirit of `sacrifice` to save the saffron alliance in the past 25 years.
Stating that there had been no response from Congress on the seat-sharing for the Maharashtra assembly elections, senior NCP leader Praful Patel today said that "we favour an alliance but it won`t be at the cost of self-respect."
With the continuity of alliance between JD(U), RJD and Congress beyond the Assembly by-elections hotly debated, JD(U) President Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said it would make a long journey and the Bihar experience would serve as an example for others to follow.
Nepal`s five leftist parties today announced a working alliance to exert pressure on major parties in the Constituent Assembly to draft a constitution in line with the ideology of China`s communist leader Mao Zedong.
The formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by rival factions Hamas and Fatah will be announced on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, adding that Israel already warned him it would shun the new alliance.
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