With the BJP and Sena most likely to form an alliance for the City Civic elections, it seems the exact opposite for the other alliance partners of the state. The Congress leaders from Mumbai have shown their reluctance to join hands with the NCP in the forthcoming civic polls.
“The local leaders and activists are not in favour of forging an alliance with the NCP as they feel it will serve no purpose for the party’s growth in the city. We will communicate our feelings to the party high command,” said Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam.
In the BMC Elections 2012, both the Congress and NCP fought the elections together and managed to win a total of 65 seats only with the former winning 52 and the latter winning 14.
Mr Nirupam said that the party should take into account the opinion of its grassroots workers before taking the final call on alliance with the NCP. However, we will abide by the high command’s decision on this matter, he added.
The Congress-NCP combine has already announced their intentions to contest the local bodies elections in the state alone. They had also contested the Vidhan Sabha elections separately due to the differences over seat sharing.
Commenting on this, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the Congress is a different party and they are free to take their own decision. “We never asked the Congress to form an alliance with us. But we have always preferred to join hands with like-minded parties. If the Congress does not come together with us, we will enter the BMC polls with other like-minded parties.”