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NCP to meet, decision on alliance with Cong likely

Jul 23, 2012 09:26 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is expected to hold a party meet at its president Sharad Pawar's residence on Monday. The party is set to decide on the future of its partnership with the Congress.

The party had put the ruling coalition on notice on Friday, with Pawar and his colleague Praful Patel offering to resign for not being consulted on important matters.

Patel had later clarified that the NCP was still a part of the alliance.

Sources, however, say that ties between the NCP and the Congress have been deteriorating ever since Prithviraj Chavan became the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and began probing scams in irrigation projects in the state.

Sources say that the NCP is left with three options now:

- To walk out of the government and support the UPA from outside.

- To look for categorical assurances from the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi that NCP leaders won't be targeted by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

- To stay with the UPA, but work more on building the NCP on the ground in Maharashtra.

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