Sangma Tirade Continues, NCP-Cong Seal Deal

A day after Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar retracted his prime ministerial aspirations, the Congress on Friday relented and inked a pre-poll seat sharing formula with the party in Maharashtra, the deal has caused much heartburn to NCP’s northeastern firebrand PA Sangma who has called on the party to dump the Congress.

As per the provisions of the fine print guiding the association, the Congress will contest 26 of the total 48 parliamentary segments in the state while the NCP will contend in the remaining 22, informed NCP senior Tariq Anwar who formally announced the decision in New Delhi.

The deal is a pointer towards the wait and watch policy adopted by both the Congress and the NCP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as more thuds may be added to the rocky alliance after the conclusion of elections.

Also on the day, former Lok Sabha speaker and known Sonia Gandhi detractor PA Sangma met President Pratibha Patil and demanded the recall of Meghalaya Governor for submitting “biased’ reports leading to the quashing of the NCP led MPA in Meghalaya.

The MPA was dislodged from power on Thursday by a Union Cabinet decision that validated President’s rule in the state based on reports sent in by Governor RS Moonshahry.

During the day Sangma also held discussions with CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and BJP stalwart and NDA prime ministerial hopeful LK Advani to seek help on the battle he, perhaps, plans to launch against the imposition of President’s rule in the northeastern state.

With the NCP in no mood to risk its alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra and Sangma continuing his anti Congress campaign, the next few days just might see the northeastern firebrand earn party ire or even break away from the Maharashtra-centric NCP.

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