NCP is backstabber, will report its machinations to Congress high-command: Nana Patole

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In a scathing attack on Congress, Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has said that it would not remain in alliance with the party for long. NCP’s recent decision to join hands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), keeping aside Congress from power in Gondia Zilla Parishad election is being viewed as an indication by many political observers. Maha Vikas Aghadi leader Nana Patole has said that his party was prepared to face “Betrayal”, adding that the NCP’s strategy will damage its future prospects.

The latest outcome in this political drama is the backstabbing by NCP of Congress. The move comes a week after NCP leaders went a step further and joined hands with BJP in Gondia Zilla Parishad elections, keeping their alliance partner out of power.

The remarks by Nana Patole, who led a campaign against NCP during the Lok Sabha polls, is being seen as the first step in an on-going process to reach out to allies other than Shiv Sena. The veteran Congress leader has said that he will report these machinations to the party high alert.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday came out strongly in support of the alliance government, saying the situation in the Maharashtra Zilla Parishad was part of an ongoing dispute between Congress and NCP. “We believe that a matter like this should not be viewed in isolation. The developments should be viewed in context of the positive suggestions put forth by us to our allies,” said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Skill Development, who held a press conference along with all three BJP MPs from Maharashtra here.

The ruling alliance partner Shiv Sena and other opposition Congress, NCP and MNS have termed the decision as a conspiratorial move by BJP to tighten its grip on rural Maharashtra in the backdrop of Assembly elections due next year.

The government’s decision to levy custom duty of 25 per cent on import of polypropylene filament yarn (PPFY), commonly used for making fabric and plastic bags and sacks, will hit the domestic textile industry, industry officials said on Wednesday.

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