“The only solution to this is to ensure a maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha. If we can get a majority, we would be able to strengthen the party in our own way,” he said.
Relations between the Congress and NCP have been strained for the past year and came to a head with Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and Pawar clashing over governance issues. The NCP’s decision to field 70 candidates for the assembly elections in Delhi is a fresh offensive.
Congress delegates and workers from NCP strongholds — western and north Maharashtra and the Konkan region — were peeved. At their meeting with Gandhi, in the presence of Chavan and state Congress chief Manikrao Thakare, they spoke of their grievances against the NCP.
Gandhi is also understood to have expressed satisfaction about Chavan’s performance at a separate meeting with the chief minister.