With stakes high in Maharashtra, Congress high command is in no mood to disturb its winning alliance with NCP in the key state despite demands from a section of the party to dump the old ally.
Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who had been advocating of going it alone in his state, yesterday said in Mumbai, “party workers are insisting to fight the state polls on their own and I am expressing their emotions.”
He said party workers should be given freedom to express their views before the Congress Working Committee, which is likely to call a meeting soon.
However, sources in AICC said that the top leadership of the party is in favour of sticking to its decade long alliance with NCP. Party sources said Congress President is not in favour of “deserting any ally.”
Asked about the demand from a section of the Maharashtra Congress leaders about severing ties with NCP and going alone in the poll on the lines of Uttar Pradesh, a senior Congress leader said,“ the situation in two states are different.”
“We had no alliance in UP even before the elections while in Maharashtra, we are having a ten-year-old alliance. Congress President is not in favour of leaving any ally unless the ally leaves Congress,” he said.
The Congress leader also felt that breaking ties with NCP will push the Maharashtra-based party to join others which will not be in favour of Congress on an upswing in the state.