Cong, NCP are ‘tired’, should merge: Shinde

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Kol­ha­pur/Nashik/Mum­bai: Se­nior Congress leader and for­mer Union home min­is­ter Sushilkuma­r Shinde stirred up a storm on Tues­day when he said that Congress and its al­liance part­ner, Sharad Pawar-led NCP, were “tired” and needed to be merged.

Pawar dis­missed Shinde’s com­ments, say­ing the NCP was “en­er­getic” and geared up to face the up­com­ing state assem­bly elec­tions.

Even state Congress pres­i­dent Balasa­heb Tho­rat dis­missed the idea of a merger. “Both par­ties are con­test­ing the elec­tions to­gether, but there has been no dis­cus­sion on a merger so far,” he said.

For­mer deputy CM Ajit Pawar and NCP spokesper­son Nawab Ma­lik also felt Shinde’s views were his own.

A Congress leader said that in the re­cent past, the is­sue of a merger has fig­ured on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

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