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NCP SUPREMO SHARAD PAWAR REFUSES ALL REMORS OF MERGERING WITH CONGRESS

Congress veteran Digvijay Singh’s suggestion that the NCP should be merged with the Congress before the assembly elections in Maharashtra has infuriated Sharad Pawar, the NCP chief. Dismissing such remarks as publicity stunt, Mr Pawar ruled out the possibility of a merger with Congress. AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh had said that with the foreign origin issue of Sonia Gandhi no longer relevant, the NCP should consider merging with the Congress. Mr Singh, who is in charge of Maharashtra and came to Kolhapur to interview candidates for the ensuing assembly elections, told reporters that it was his personal opinion and he had talked about it with Mr Pawar as well. However, speaking to media persons on Wednesday in Delhi Mr Pawar, expressed his anguish over the issue and dared the Congress to sever its ties with NCP and fight the polls in Maharashtra alone. Union heavy industries minister Vilasrao Deshmukh too had recently said that NCP should consider merging with Congress. Mr Pawar said and I quote “They should not talk like that. One can understand that political leaders do discuss certain things, but some of our friends in the Congress prefer to discuss major issues publicly. They want to get some publicity. Beyond that we do not give any importance to this.”

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