Cong, NCP to talk alliance to take on BJP in Maharashtra
Mumbai: After tasting humiliating defeat in the 2014 Assembly elections, which they had fought solo, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are now making efforts to forge an alliance, not only between them but by bringing together all like-minded parties, to jointly take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra.
The drubbing in successive local body elections are said to have driven the two parties into thinking that together they will be able to mobilise voters against the BJP on a number of issues, including farmer suicides, job cuts and fall in economic growth after demonetisation and the rollout of Goods and Services Tax, besides corruption cases involving several BJP ministers.
Both parties are expected to soon launch formal talks on alliance formation ahead of the assembly polls slated for 2019.
The indication of a Congress-NCP alliance comes at a time when relationship between the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena is turning sour.
Early this week, NCP chief and former union minister Sharad Pawar said his party was open to forming an alliance with the Congress, especially when there is growing discontent against the BJP-led government in the state and at the Centre.
NCP president Sharad Pawar