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Will the NCP go it alone?

india Updated: Jan 09, 2012 15:43 IST
Abhinav Madhwal

It seems that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would not enter into alliance with the Congress in the state, as has been the arrangement in Maharashtra. The party is keen on fighting the state elections alone this time.

The NCP, which does not have much presence in the state, had an MLA in the first assembly elections in the state when Balbir Singh Rawat won on the Ghansali seat. Kunti Parihar of the NCP came second in the Kapkot by-elections in Uttarakhand, which was won by Sher Singh Garhiya of the BJP. Champi Arya fought the Almora Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully.

The state unit has sent a list of around 30-35 names to the party high command for approval and the list of candidates might be announced on Tuesday. The party’s Uttarakhand in-charge Bhola Bhai Patel is expected to reach Haridwar on Monday where he would apprise party workers of the stand taken by the party high command on alliance and the choice of candidates. He would release the list of candidates in Dehradun on Tuesday.

Speaking to Hindustan Times on phone, NCP state in-charge Bhola Bhai Patel said that he would be reaching Haridwar on Monday evening. He would declare the names of 25 candidates of the NCP on Tuesday in Doon.

State spokesperson of NCP, Manoj Dhyani, says that the party high command has approved the candidature of around 25 candidates and their names would be revealed by state in-charge Bhola Bhai Patel. He says that the exact number of seats to be contested by the party candidates would be revealed in a few days.