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."
Rajya Sabha member and former MP of Bhandara-Gondia Praful Patel said Congress`s weak stand on UPA`s prime ministerial nominee was one of the reasons for the its debacle in the recently-concluded general elections.
Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Sunday dismissed speculation that Union Minister and NCP stalwart Praful Patel was on his way to the saffron party.
Talking to reporters here, Munde said there was "no place" for Patel in BJP.
The Aam Aadmi Party`s (AAP) Maharashtra unit strongly objected to "faulty" electronic voting machine (EVMs) in the Bhandara-Gondia constituency on Tuesday and decided to appeal to the CEC to postpone polls until machines are tested and certified to be functioning properly.
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday reiterated the stand taken by his party colleague Praful Patel that there was no need for debate once courts had ruled on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s role during the riots.
Seat sharing issue with Congress will be resolved in next 10 days and the ongoing talks are "cordial", NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Sunday amid signs of strain in ties between the two parties which are out to drive a hard bargain for Lok Sabha polls.
With poll after opinion poll suggesting that the country is rooting for Narendra Modi as prime minister this time, parties on the other side of the political spectrum seem to be warming up to the taste of `NaMo tea`.