After vote, war of words between Cong, NCP
The Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra might have ended but the differences in the ruling alliance have surfaced, with Congress charging NCP with "backstabbing".india Updated: May 03, 2009 14:12 IST
The Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra might have ended but the differences in the ruling alliance have surfaced, with Congress charging NCP with "backstabbing".
"In at least 10 of the 48 constituencies, NCP either backed rival candidate or did not participate wholeheartedly in the campaign," a senior Congress leader told PTI.
Congress contested 26 and NCP 22 seats in the state.
NCP was quick to rubbish the allegations, with state NCP general secretary Gurunath Kulkarni saying the charges were concocted.
"In each of the three phases, our party leaders have campaigned for the Congress-NCP alliance as a whole," he said.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said the Congress-NCP-RPI alliance was forged to face the elections unitedly.
"It will be clear after the election results if the parties gave each other company," he added.
"We have not ditched them (Congress). Senior party leaders including Sharad Pawar, RR Patil and Chhagan Bhujbal actively campaigned for the alliance candidates," Kulkarni said.
Constituencies where Congress feels that NCP worked against party candidates' interests include Pune, Mumbai North-Central and Sangli.