New Delhi: Significant differences on “critical issues” forced the NCP to take the “bold step” of ending its 15-year alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said Friday.
The Maratha strongman said his party sought the support of “other secular parties” in next month’s Assembly polls.
Mr Pawar tweeted, “I would like to say there were significant differences between our party and the Congress on various critical issues. Due to time constraint and other iss-ues, we were compelled to take bold step to end 15 years of alliance with Congress.”
The NCP had sought the Chief Minister’s post for half of the 5-year term if the alli-ance retained power. The formula was adopted by the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir with its then state partner the PDP.
Supporters of Mr Chavan were hinting for long that NCP lea-der Ajit Pawar would not like the alliance to stay intact as he aspired for the top post.
While the Congress is finding it difficult to explain whether or not the NCP continues to be the part of the UPA, AICC officials privately viewed that that the Sharad Pawar led party remains in the UPA till it dos not ally with the BJP. “There should be no problem for the NCP so long as it does not ally with the BJP and the Shiv Sena,” they pointed out.