2022 Assembly Election highlights: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said his party would contest the ensuing Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh as part of the Samajwadi Party-led alliance. He also said 13 members of the Legislative Assembly in Uttar Pradesh will be joining the Samajwadi Party.
Talking to reporters, Pawar said people of Uttar Pradesh are looking for parivartan (change) in the northern state, adding it will happen. NCP will also contest the ensuing Assembly elections Goa and Manipur, he said. In Manipur, NCP will have an “understanding” with the Congress, while in Goa, it is in talks with the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, he added. His remark comes after Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said the BJP wants to ride on the shoulders of the TMC to come to power in Goa. Shiv Sena is part of Maharashtra’s ruling alliance which also includes NCP and Congress.
TMC had earlier proposed a larger alliance of the Opposition parties, including the Congress, to take on the ruling BJP in the coastal state. Expressing the Mamata Banerjee-led party’s willingness to join hands with the Congress and other Opposition parties to fight the BJP in the Goa polls, TMC MP and its Goa in-charge Mahua Moitra, in a Twitter post, had said, “Rest assured, we the AITC will do everything possible to defeat BJP in Goa…@Mamataofficial has done it in past & will not shy away from walking extra mile in Goa too.”
Besides the Congress, Moitra tagged the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) in this tweet. While the Congress has formed an alliance with the GFP, the TMC, a new player in the Goa fray, has tied up with the MGP for the upcoming polls.
Meanwhile, ahead of the Assembly elections next month, Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya on Tuesday resigned from the BJP and joined Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party. In his resignation letter, Maurya listed “negligent attitude towards Dalits, backward, farmers, unemployed youth, small and medium businessmen” as reasons behind his decision to step down. He represented the Padrauna constituency of Uttar Pradesh and joined BJP in 2016, after quitting the Bahujan Samaj Party.