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‘All is not well’ in the NCP stable

Ahead of Goa assembly polls, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the state stands a divided house with a senior office bearer raising question mark on the credibility of state party chief Surendra Sirsat.

NCP Goa Vice president Trojano D’Mello today alleged at a press conference that a coterie led by Sirsat was spoiling the prospects of the party in the state by conspiring against loyal leaders.

He said that the ‘spineless behavior’ of Sirsat has affected the party and its alliance with Congress. “NCP is ready to accept all the kith and kin of the Congress politicians into the party only because they can be given tickets,” D’Mello alleged adding that he has sought an appointment with NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar to brief him on the issue.

The Vice President said that the state executive was not being taken into confidence on issues like pre-poll alliance with Congress. “We don’t know who is holding alliance talks,” he said adding that those involved in the talks for alliance are mishandling the issue.

Sirsat, when contacted, refused to reply to the allegations levelled against him. “I have nothing to say. It is for the High Command to judge my performance,” he said.

Congress and NCP are currently holding dialogue for the pre-poll alliance for March 3 Goa polls. Sharad Pawar-led party has asked for 12 seats, out of 40 constituencies but the Congress is not agreeable to the demand. The Congress party has said that it is ready to fight the poll on its own without the help of NCP.

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