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After the several days of hectic negotiations, NCP broke the alliance with Congress ahead of assembly election in the state, finally. The NCP has decided to contest the poll all alone. Announcing the break up with Congress, NCP leader Praful Patel said, “Despite having more number, we always supported Congress. But this time when we have won more seats Congress is denying to give us more seats.” Also Read - In Absence of Sonia And Rahul, Congress Leaders to Meet Tomorrow to Discuss Organisational Issues
Blaming Congress for the split, Praful Patel said, “Though the negotiations were going, Congress declared its candidates list without considering our demands. Congress included the seats on which both parties were negotiating.” Meanwhile the reports have come that Ajit Pawar will quit as duputy Chief Minister before the polls. Also Read - Farm Bills Row: 'Black Day of Parliamentary Democracy in India,' Says Congress; Rajnath Assures MSP Won't End | Highlights
The ruling parties in Maharashtra have fought three assembly elections and also came to power. Following the debacle of Congress in recent Lok Sabha elections NCP demanded more seats much to the chagrin of the senior partner.
In 2004 assembly election, NCP contested from 124 seats and won 71 seats while Congress fought on 157 seats and won 69. In 2009, Congress reduced NCP’s seats to 114 and gave itself 174 seats. Congress dominated NCP by winning 82 seats, NCP could win 62 only.
The scenario in 2014 assembly election has changed completely. Since Congress failed to perform in general elections, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has been flexing his muscle demanding more seats. NCP has been demanding 144 seats justifying its claim that the party won just double of what Congress did in Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.
On the other hand, the Congress stuck to its position that it won’t accept NCP’s demand and will give only 124 seats. The Congress list of candidates added fuel to the fire. Now the NCP has broken the pact with Congress, it might go with Shiv Sena.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar is known for his close relations with late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and Sena-NCP alliance is one of the possibilities. Politics is the game of possibilities and the current political situation in Maharashtra is uncertain. Will the existing alliances remain? Or will a new alliance come into the fray? Only time will tell us.