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Congress to ally with NCP, other like-minded parties to take on BJP

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Mumbai: The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra have indicated they were ready to jointly fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next general and assembly elections.

Party’s state unit chief Ashok Chavan said on Tuesday that the Congress would ally with “like-minded” parties in Maharashtra to take on the ruling BJP.

Senior Congress leaders attended a meeting at the party office here.

“The prevailing social situation in Maharashtra, the political situation and the fight against the government in future was discussed at the meeting,” Chavan said.

He said apart from Congress leaders, representatives from organisations working for safeguarding the Constitution also attended the meeting.

Separately, a joint meeting of leaders of the Congress and the NCP was held at the official residence of Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil in South Mumbai.

“The problems currently plaguing the state, the prevailing political situation and the upcoming Budget session of the Maharashtra Legislature were discussed at the meeting,” Chavan said.

The Congress leader said both the parties have decided to fight against the government together on issues like “deteriorating condition of farmers in the state, issues being faced by middle class and rising dictatorship like attitude of the BJP-led government”.

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