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NCP urges Congress to join alliance in UP polls

A state level convention of NCP is held at Gandhi Bahwan in Lucknow, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 00:11 IST

The Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday urged the Congress for supporting the Janmorcha alliance in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.

The NCP alleged that certain elements in the Pragatisheel Janmorcha alliance were having soft corner for Mulayam Singh Yadav government and the party would expose them at an appropriate time.

A state level convention of NCP was held at Gandhi Bahwan in Lucknow on Thursday. A resolution passed at the convention flayed the Mulayam government and demanded that Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) be deployed for Vidhan Sabha poll.

Besides NCP national general secretaries Tariq Anwar (MP), DP Tripathi, NCP State President Ramesh Dixit, the UPCC Vice President Siraj Mehandi the representatives of smaller political parties and groups also attended convention.

Speaking at convention Ramesh Dixit said the Janmorcha President Raj Babbar had not turned up at the convention despite giving his assent. Some leaders of the Janmorcha however stopped Raj Babbar from coming to the convention. This may be because of links of some Janmorcha leaders with Mulayam Singh Yadav government, he said.

Tariq Anwar said efforts were being made to provide a strong political alternative to the people. The Congress has not ruled out possibilities of joining the alliance, said Anwar adding the NCP proposed to provide a fourth alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. Contesting the poll independently would make no difference, he said.

Replying to a question DP Tripathi said efforts were being made to rope in the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal in to the alliance, he said.

The people would have to align with the new alliance to bring development to Uttar Pradesh, he said adding the Mulayam Singh Yadav government was giving precious land of farmers to capitalists for a song.

Others who spoke on the occasion included the Indian Justice Party leader Udit Raj who said Muslims should vote for the party that took up their issues. Instead of voting for such a party the Muslims always were interested in defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said.

Siraj Mehandi said the NCP President Sharad Pawar had lauded the Congress President Sonia Gandhi as the UPA government had changed the national scenario. Now the situation in UP would also change, he said.

Others who spoke on the occasion included National Loktantrik Party leader Mohamamd Arshad Khan, the CPI leader Atul Anjan, Chaudhary Ved Pal and Nihaluddin.

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First Published: Dec 15, 2006 00:11 IST