Samajwadi Party pulls out of grand alliance, to contest Bihar polls alone

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party today pulled out of the ‘grand alliance’ in poll-bound Bihar, saying it felt ‘humiliated’ as it was not consulted while deciding seats and would contest the Assembly elections in the state on its own. The SP’s decision ahead of the Bihar polls comes as a jolt to the grand alliance which was floated to counter the BJP in the state. SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters here that “In Bihar the party will contest separately. The bigger parties in the alliance did notRead More

Congress dismisses NCPs claims on government formation in Maharashtra

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday described as “preposterous” the claims by the NCP that they approached them to jointly support Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra. “It is preposterous. The Congress Party has never in the past supported parties like Shiv Sena and will never support it in the future too,” Congress General Secretary in-charge of the communication department Ajay Maken said in a statement. NCP leader Ajit Pawar had yesterday claimed he was approached by a Congress leader who proposed forming a coalition government with Congress, NCPRead More

NCP ends 15 years ties with Congress

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday ends its 15-year-old alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra and pulling out of the Congress-led state government. “We have decided to chart our independent path along with some secular-minded parties,” state NCP chief Sunil Tatkare told the media. The NCP-Congress divorce came after weeks of bickering over seat-sharing for the Oct 15 assembly elections. “Officially, there was only one occasion when they offered us 124 seats, which we rejected as we demanded 144 seats.” The former central minister flayed the Congress andRead More

Maharashtra polls: NCP delays seat-sharing response

New Delhi: Congress’s alliance with NCP in Maharashtra appears headed for trouble as the Sharad Pawar- led party is yet to give a “positive response” to the former’s proposal for seat-sharing for the upcoming Assembly polls. Maharashtra Congress chief Manikrao Thakre told reporters after a meeting of the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) here that they will have to prepare for all 288 seats in the state if a response from NCP does not come within a day or two. Without going into the number of seats offered by CongressRead More

Anit-incumbency factor exists against UPA: NCP

New Delhi: The NCP on Friday said that there is “certain anti-incumbency” factor in Lok Sabha elections against UPA after 10 years in power but dismissed suggestions of a “Modi wave”. “When you talk of a wave, it is a two-thirds majority,” Tripathi told reporters here, noting that since 1989, no political party has got even a simple majority. The NCP leader said that party chief Sharad Pawar has asked him to campaign in Amethi and Rae Barely from where Rahul and Sonia Gandhi are contesting. He said that PawarRead More

Ajit says, no rift with NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar  on Wednesday denied any “rift” existed between him and his uncle, NCP chief Sharad Pawar. “This (report of rift) is a creation of media. He is the supreme leader of the party, and his decision (on the resignation) will be final,” Ajit said. The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has convened a meeting of its legislators on Thursday, to be chaired by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. “All legislators have been asked to attend tomorrow’s meeting which will be held at ‘Varsha’, the ChiefRead More

PM reaches out at Pawar, called very valued colleague

New Delhi: In a bid to resolve the stand-off between the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Friday reached out to the Maratha leader Sharad Pawar and hailed him as a very valued colleague. The Prime Minister made a statement praising the Maratha strongman saying, “Mr Sharad Pawar is a very valued colleague on mine whose knowledge, wisdom and experience are a great asset to our government.” Following the statement from the Prime Minister, Pawar wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairpersonRead More

Raj Thackeray Claims Understanding with Cong-NCP

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has said that there was an understanding between his party and the Congress-NCP in Legislative Council elections, said media reports. He said that in exchange of this support, four members of his party suspended from the body in Novembers would be permitted to return to work, reports said. “It is important for me to send my four suspended MLAs back to the legislature as they were elected (to the state Assembly) by lakhs of voters. It would be injustice to their constituencies ifRead More

Cong MLAs to Meet Today to Elect Sangma as Next Meghalaya CM

Congress MLAs are likely to meet in Shillong to elect Mukul M Sangma as their new leader in place of outgoing Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang, reported IANS quoting party leaders. “I am coming to Shillong today and have convened a CLP (Congress legislature party) meeting to elect a new leader,” Lapang was quoted as saying. “I will officially submit my resignation to the governor (Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary) to pave way for the formation of the new government,” he was quoted as saying. Last evening, he had accepted thatRead More

NCP Sweeps Navi Mumbai Municipal Polls, MNS Rooted out

The NCP has swept Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation elections bagging 55 out of a total of 89 seats, said media reports. The Shiv Sena-BJP combine captured Aurangabad winning 37 seats, said reports. However, Raj Thackeray’s MNS surprisingly couldn’t manage to win even a single seat in the Navi Mumbai and won only one seat in Aurangabad, while Congress party bagged 11 seats in Navi Mumbai and 24 in Aurangabad, reports said. Now the next battle in both the municipalities will be over the post of mayor for which political partiesRead More