The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) announced  it was ending its 15-year-old alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

“We have decided to chart our independent path along with some secular-minded parties,” state NCP chief Sunil Tatkare told the media. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

The announcement came shortly after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called off its 25-year-old alliance with the Shiv Sena, one of whose leaders told IANS that the BJP had a “secret understanding” with the NCP. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

The NCP-Congress divorce came after weeks of bickering over seat-sharing for the October 15 assembly elections.

The two parties have shared power for 15 years in Maharashtra (1999-2014) and for 10 years in New Delhi (2004-14).

The NCP has also decided to quit the Congress-led government in the state, reducing the Congress government to a minority in the legislature.

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