Claiming the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were fighting a common enemy,Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said both parties would contest the Lok Sabha polls due next year together. We will get into an alliance with the NCP in the Lok Sabha polls. We are committed to fighting communalism. We come from the same ideological stock, Chavan said at a press conference here.
The CM said the details of seat sharing will be decided after mutual discussion and on the basis of a review of the performance in the last election. In an indication it was not averse to look beyond the Congress,the NCP had last week participated in a convention against communalism organised by the Left parties and attended by several other regional parties. NCP leader Praful Patel had later said they were keeping all options open. Chavan,however,dismissed it as nothing but a political statement and said the NCP had merely attended an anti communal joint convention. He also said BJPs Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was unlikely to really make an impact in Maharashtra in the elections.
When asked about his relations with NCP chief Sharad Pawar,Chavan described them as excellent. He also said voters preferred state parties in assembly elections and national parties in the general election. In the general election,people want a strong,stable government, he said. On onion prices,he said people were merely jumping to conclusions that traders were indulging in hoarding.