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NCP may contest next Mah assembly polls on its own, hints Pawar

Posted on Nov 06, 12:59PM | UNI

NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister today said that his party is ready to contest the next Maharashtra assembly elections in alliance with the Congress but hinted that if the latter wants to fight on its own then the NCP is ready to go alone.

Addressing a news conference at Circuit House here this afternoon, he said "The Congress party is our big brother, therefore, we should listen to their views. But if they (the Congress) decide to contest independently, then we may think about it." Asked about the reshuffle of Maharashtra cabinet, the NCP supremo said that the discussion of reshuffle in state cabinet always begins on the eve of every legislative assembly session but after the end of the session, no reshuffle takes place in state cabinet.

On FDI's entry in retail, Mr Pawar said that his party extends full support to the central government's FDI policy.

He said that goods worth about Rs 50,000 crore are destroyed during transportation in the country every year but with the entry of foreign players in retail, this would stop, he pointed.

On Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetty's recent remarks about a conspiracy against farmers on not giving better remunerative price to sugarcane as first installment during the new crushing season, the Agriculture Minister denied that there was any conspiracy against farmers on sugarcane rates.

Mr Pawar asked milk cooperatives (Dudh Sangh) in Maharashtra to introspect on the ways to seel the collected milk.

He said that the Central government started about 25 modern slaughter houses in the country on an experimental basis. The government would give financial help for such modern slaughter houses in corporation and municipal areas if they send a proposal regarding the same, he added.