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Yet to discuss with Congress about alliance with NCP for 2017 Goa elections: Praful Patel

NCP in alliance with Congress had fought 2012 Goa Legislative Assembly election but had failed to win on even a single seat in the coastal state.

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Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel. (File Photo)

Senior NCP leader Praful Patel today said his party is yet to discuss with Congress on the issue of having an alliance for the Goa Assembly elections slated next year. “There are many discussions (for alliance in Goa Assembly polls) that are taking place. At this moment I don’t
want to give any committed answer but as NCP we are working to strengthen the party,” said Patel. He said the NCP is yet to discuss with the Congress (on the issue of alliance).

“We had fought along with Congress in past. Whether to go with them or not will be decided as election nears. There are other political parties that too are also talking,” he said. NCP in alliance with Congress had fought 2012 Goa Legislative Assembly election but had failed to win on even a single seat in the coastal state.

Patel was in Vasco to address workers’ convention in which kicked off the party’s campaign for Goa polls. “We will work to be in a position to contest on maximum number of seats. Depending on the situation, we will try to form a larger combination,” he added. The leader also said ahead of Goa polls all options are open.

“Today we are starting our campaign from Vasco constituency. We will work towards further strengthening the party,” the NCP leader said.
“There are many people who are in touch with us. As the party decides and as the situation demands we will take an appropriate decision. There are other political parties talking to us so we will take appropriate decision,” he added.

Patel said at the end of the day, the NCP also has to take other parties along. “Goa is looking for alternative. They have seen five years of BJP-MGP and I am sure people want a change. There are lot of smaller parties that are also contesting so we will talk at the appropriate time,” Patel added. Tomorrow, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee is scheduled to meet here to shortlist the candidates and also discuss on the possibility of alliance with ‘like-minded parties’.