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As Sena Goes Solo, Congress And NCP Dare Uddhav Thackeray to Pull Out of NDA

City unit Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said all Sena ministers, in both the governments, should resign immediately as the "yuti" (alliance) between Sena and BJP has been called off.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:January 27, 2017, 11:14 PM IST
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As Sena Goes Solo, Congress And NCP Dare Uddhav Thackeray to Pull Out of NDA
File photo of Congress Party's Mumbai unit chief Sanjay Nirupam.

Mumbai: Seeking to corner Shiv Sena which has ruled out truck with BJP for the civic polls, including BMC, Congress and NCP on Friday asked the Uddhav Thackeray-led party to walk out of the NDA government at the Centre and the state, in which it is a junior alliance partner.

City unit Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said all Sena ministers, in both the governments, should resign immediately as the "yuti" (alliance) between Sena and BJP has been called off.

"If you are no longer allies, why are you still in government? Snapping of ties for the civic polls is a farce. All Sena ministers in the state and Central governments should resign immediately," Nirupam, a former Sena leader, told reporters.

Uddhav Thackeray had on Thursday brought the curtains down on the alliance with BJP. He had announced to contest solo the next month's polls to ten municipal corporation, including the high-stake BMC.

While the municipal corporations including Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur will go to polls on February 21, the elections to 25 zilla parishads will be held in two phases on February 16 and February 21.

"Sena is always critical of the BJP leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP should take the initiative to sack all the Sena ministers. Does not BJP have the guts to do so? Snapping of alliance is a big conspiracy," the Congress leader said.

While Sena is a junior alliance partner in the NDA governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra, the party has been in power with the BJP for over two decades in the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Sena has eleven ministers in the BJP-led state government, whereas Anant Geete is the sole representative of the party in the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. Nirupam added that if both the parties had indeed snapped ties, they should give so in writing to the people of Mumbai "that they are no longer allies and will never be so in both governments."

He alleged that the Sena and BJP were "inefficient" and had "failed" to deliver good governance despite being in power in BMC for the last 22 years.

"People of Mumbai are fed up with both the parties who have given them nothing except corruption and scams," the Congress leader said, adding his party was a good alternative for Mumbaikars even as he expressed confidence of getting support of voters in the upcoming civic polls.

Taking a jibe at the development, city unit NCP president Sachin Ahir said though Sena had decided to go alone in civic elections, it lacked the guts to withdraw from the government.

"If you (Sena and BJP) are contesting separately, you have to clarify that like in Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation, you will not have a post-poll alliance in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik and other corporations going to polls next month," Ahir said in a statement.

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