The alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra was not broken by Rahul Gandhi, said Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while responding to allegations by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
On Monday, Pawar had blamed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for the break-up of the 15-year-old alliance. Rebutting Pawar, Sonia Gandhi said, “The alliance did not break due to us. The alliance was not broken by me, or by Rahul Gandhi or by Congress party. We should not be blamed for split”.
Pawar had said, “We have been noticing since long that Rahul Gandhi and his team were trying to marginalise the alliance partners though we also belonged to the Congress school of politics. So we knew that this day will come.”
On Tuesday, Sonia Gandhi, along with Rahul Gandhi visited the border district of Poonch to take stock of situation and distributed relief to flood victims. “Immediately relief work is being undertaken,” she said, adding, “Now the larger question is how to rehabilitate the flood victims, how give them money or space to build new houses and allowances. Now, both state government and the state government will to work together in this situation.”