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NCP to pull out of anti-BJP alliance for Bihar polls

New Delhi, Aug 13 : Barely a day after the announcement of a grand alliance against the BJP-led NDA in Bihar, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has threatened to pull out of the coalition accusing the big parties of taking unilateral decisions, reports said.

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The NCP indicated on Wednesday night that it may pull out of the secular alliance in Bihar, just hours.

This came hours after NCP chief Sharad Pawar held a meeting of all regional parties, including Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and the Trinamool Congress, at his Delhi residence to give shape to an anti-BJP federal front .

The NCP was offered only three seats for the Bihar assembly slated to be held in mid-october while the ruling JD (U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal will contest in 100 seats, and the Congress will fight for 40.

NCP leader Tariq Anwar said this is an “insult” to the party.

Anwar said he had convened a meeting of party leaders to decide the future course of action.

“I wanted to be with the JD (U)-RJD-Congress alliance, but they don’t want the NCP,” Anwar said.

“We have always advocated an alliance to stop the BJP, but it does not mean we will compromise with our dignity. If the alliance does not need us, we will look for other options. We have fought alone earlier also and that may happen again this time,”he said.

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