Mumbai, Feb 10 IBNS | 9 months ago

Triggering a new controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gopinath Munde said Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar wanted his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to ally with the BJP, but Munde opposed the move, said reports.

Munde made these comments while addressing an event in Beed district in Maharashtra.

The NCP, which is a key ally of the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has, however, called Munde a liar.

"He is a liar. The people of Maharashtra know how he lies and makes statements. In 1999, people wanted us to join the NDA. We had decided that we will not go to the NDA and the stand of the NCP is still the same. In the future also, we will not join the NDA or any communal force in the country," NCP leader Nawab Malik told media.

The comments were made after Pawar met BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

"Sharad Pawar as a minister may have to meet people from Pakistan and China as well. If NCP forms an alliance with BJP, the Shiv Sena might walk away from the BJP," JDU leader Ali Anwar told media.

Meanwhile, NCP and Congress are scheduled to meet on Monday to resolve the seat sharing issue for the Lok Sabha elections.

The talks are expected to be held between NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel and Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and AK Antony, reports said.

(Posted on 10-02-2014)

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