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Not joining new front,NCP still with Congress: Pawar

Praful Patel had confirmed NCP participation in the meeting of non-Congress and non-BJP parties in Delhi.

Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on Thursday dismissed talks of the NCP joining a third front ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Pawar said at a function in Virar,“NCP was very much in alliance with Congress. There is no question of launching a third front. The NCP had participated in Delhi meet,which was to consolidate the secular front and not the third front.”

NCP leader and Union Minister for Heavy Industries Praful Patel had confirmed NCP participation in the meeting of non-Congress and non-BJP parties in Delhi. NCP general secretary D P Tripathi had represented NCP.

This was followed by speculation by Congress leaders in Maharashtra that Pawar may take a lead to form a pressure group ahead of elections.

However,Pawar said,“NCP’s primary concern was to join like-minded parties to strengthen secular forces.”

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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,who shared dais with Pawar,chose not to comment on NCP’s meeting with like-minded parties led by the left front,Samajwadi Party,Janata Dal (Secular) and others.

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre said,“We have adopted a wait and watch policy.” He added,“NCP’s decision to participate in the meeting convened by non-Congress and non-BJP parties is their internal matter…”