Senior Congress leader and Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Patangrao Kadam said on Sunday that his party was of the view that it should face the upcoming Assembly elections in coalition with NCP. However, he warned that if NCP was so eager to face the polls on its own, the Congress, it was also ready to go alone.
“Congress and NCP have together fought and won elections in Maharashtra for the last 15 years and we wish to continue to do so. However, if the NCP was so keen to fight the Assembly elections alone, we are also ready to face it on our own strength,” Kadam told reporters in Pune.
Kadam said whatever be the decision about the alliance, it will be taken by the “high commands” of both the parties.
“People who are talking aren’t decision makers. The final decision about the alliance and seat-sharing will be taken by the high commands of both the parties – Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar. All this talk by others is meaningless,” said Kadam.
He hoped that the defeat of Congress and its ally in the Lok Sabha polls would not affect the party’s performance in the Assembly elections.
“Congress is an old party and has been through good and bad times. One defeat won’t affect much. What I feel is that despite taking many good decisions, the party failed to advertise them enough and hence had to suffer a defeat,” said Kadam.
He added that people were made to believe that if the Modi government comes everything will change. Now people know that it is not the case as it is not happening.