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'Pawar should consider merging NCP with Cong'

india Updated: Aug 20, 2009 15:10 IST
Pawar should consider merging NCP with Congress

AICC General secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said NCP chief Sharad Pawar should consider merging his party with the Congress as the foreign origin of Sonia Gandhi was not an issue anymore.

"Even the NCP admits this fact. Then why doesn't Pawar consider merging NCP with the parent party?" he asked adding that the NCP merger issue was an opinion and not an advice.

Singh was speaking to reporters after paying homage to late Rajiv Gandhi on his 65th birth anniversary at the Cooperage grounds in South Mumbai.

When asked about continuing alliance with the NCP for the Assembly elections, Singh said the high command was discussing the issue.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra NCP President RR Patil said there was no question of merging his party with the Congress.

"We are still the number one party in the state and the Congress was wrong in assuming that our strength had gone down after the Lok Sabha elections," he said.

Patil said his party was in favour of alliance of secular parties.

"But if the Congress wishes otherwise, we too are prepared to take a different stand," he said.