After BJP-Shiv Sena divorce, NCP snaps 15-year alliance with Congress


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NCP to go on its own, Ajit Pawar to quit as deputy CM

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi (left) and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. (Photo: PTI/DC)

Mumbai: Hours after BJP ended its 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena, NCP too announced that it was parting ways with Congress ahead of Maharashtra Assembly polls.

The state’s ruling allies had been at war over seat-sharing for the polls, that now are a four-cornered battle.

Addressing media on Thursday, NCP leader Praful Patel said that, “We had put our point of view in detail before Congress, but they were adamant, Manikrao Thakre always offered 124 seats, we denied.”

He added that the party has decided to contest elections independently, however will not shy away from taking support from 'secular and like-minded parties'. NCP legislature party leader Ajit Pawar is scheduled to meet Maharashtra Governor on Friday to hand over letter of withdrawal of support to government.

Earlier, in the day BJP-Shiv Sena alliance split amid continued deadlock over seat-sharing for the October 15 polls.

After several rounds of talks over the last few days, senior state BJP leaders announced this evening severing of the ties between the two parties, blaming Shiv Sena's "inflexibility" for it.