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NCP to decide tonight on joining new Govt

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
May 20, 2004 04:26 PM IST

Nationalist Congress Party will decide by Thursday night on the issue of its participation in the Congress-led coalition at Centre.

The Nationalist Congress Party will decide by Thursday night on the issue of its participation in the Congress-led coalition at the Centre.

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This was stated by NCP spokesman Praful Patel after Congress formally invited the Sharad Pawar-led party which has nine members in the Lok Sabha.

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"For the first time Congress formally invited the NCP to join the Government", Patel told reporters after senior Congress members Pranab Mukherjee and Ahmed Patel met NCP leader Sharad Pawar at his residence today to discuss the issue.

There was some discussion between Congress and the NCP regarding the latter joining the Government and the party had not yet taken any decision on it, he said.

"We considered the request and the proposal received from the Congress. We will take our decision", Patel said.

The NCP leader said that the party had already constituted a committee to go into the issue of participation in the government at the Centre.

Issues like any specific ministry or number of berths did not come up for discussion, he said observing that in a coalition government every party would have to work together and there should be a give and take policy.

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