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AN AGITATED CONGRESS BLAMES NCP FOR PLAYING DOUBLE STANDARD POLITICS

ncp-congressAn internal report of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee claims that its alliance partner, the Nationalist Congress Party, worked against the Congress in at least ten out of the 26 seats the party contested in the state. Sana Warsia joins us with the latest. Of Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress and NCP split them 26:22, the aim being to ensure a division of their common supporters in the state. But more than midway through the five-phase elections on April 30, the Congress feels the NCP did not play fair. The Congress’s top state leadership met last week to review the situation. In the closed-door meeting, sources said top leaders had voiced concern at the NCP’s double standards which they fear could affect the party’s electoral results. Sources from the Congress party confirmed to the media that they have seen NCP local leaders openly work against Congress candidates in Mumbai South, Mumbai North-Central, Nandurbar, Dhule, Pune, Aurangabad, Nanded, Latur, Bhiwandi, and Sangli. Not surprisingly, NCP leaders are dismissing the charges as baseless. They argue that Sharad Pawar had addressed more than 135 election rallies in state including those held for all the Congress candidates in all the three phases across Vidarbha, Marathwada, North Maharashtra, Western Maharashtra, Konkan, and Mumbai-Thane. However, Congress leaders have a different story to tell. They say that they have received complaints from Congress leaders about the non-cooperation of the NCP in their respective constituencies. They feel that it would have been better if the Congress had contested the elections alone. It may be recalled that prior to the seat sharing understanding between NCP and Congress, even former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had suggested that Congress could fight all Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra on their own. The in-house report, which has been submitted to the central leadership in New Delhi, says the party is confident of winning 12 of its 26 seats. It further adds that it has good chances in another four seats. The report further says it will win more seats than the NCP. The internal report is based on assessments received from all the constituencies after the completion of elections in the state. As per the assessments, the local leaders have said that the NCP backed Samajwadi Party in eight crucial constituencies, seeking to wean away the minorities’ backing the Congress. And if it is true that NCP did support SP in some constituencies then the orders have to be but from the party high commands. After all within the NCP, can anyone disobey Sharad Pawar in the NCP?” Bureau report – NMTV News.

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