Mumbai: Keeping eyes on the forthcoming elections, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have announced that both parties will come together to avoid division of secular votes.
Leaders of both the parties held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future strategy of the opposition and also on how to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government in the forthcoming budget session of the State legislature as well.
Congress State President Ashok Chavan, LoP Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, State President Sunil Tatkare and LoP Dhananjay Munde were present at the meeting.
Ashok Chavan said that though both the parties had differences, they have decided to come together to keep communal forces out of power and unitedly oppose them.
“Today, it was just a preliminary discussion and no concrete decisions were taken. The decision of alliance will be taken by our party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi,” he said. “There was no bitterness between the two parties, even when the alliance between both the party broke. We welcome anyone who wishes to join hands with us to defeat the BJP,” said Ashok Chavan.
Chavan said after the meeting that there were discussions on the opposition’s strategy to corner the State government in the budget session. “We are also of the opinion that there should be no division in the secular vote share. Details of it will be decided at the topmost level,” he said.
While talking on Bharip-Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar’s statements of not joining hands with the opposition, Chavan said that he will prefer not to comment on the statements, since the decision is to be taken by the party. NCP State Chief Sunil Tatkare said that a joint meeting of all opposition party group leaders has been called on Thursday.