AFTER BJP- Sena breakup the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday announced that party has decided to end its 15-year-old alliance with Congress in Maharashtra. With this, both the Congress and the NCP will now contest all the 288 assembly seats separately on October 15.
The Congress party ignored NCP’s demands for 144 seats to contest the polls. The NCP has also decided to quit the Congress-led government in the state, reducing the Congress government to a minority in the legislature.
The NCP party leaders alleged that Congress failed to finalise a seat sharing arrangement with the NCP and other secular parties. Now, the NCP party has decided to go to independent path, even two days before the deadline for nominations on September 27.
Addressing the media NCP leaders Sunil Tatkare and Praful Patel said that the party has decided to contest elections independently. NCP will also try to take support from secular and like-minded parties.
The NCP leaders were unhappy with Congress, after Congress announced its first list of candidates.