Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar announced an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, in the forthcoming Assembly Polls of Uttar Pradesh. A few days back he had dropped a hint about the alliance. Amid this Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik, on Thursday said that their role is to support the party capable of defeating or giving a fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
NCP will be contesting elections from Goa, Uttar Pradesh, and Manipur. Pawar said that his party will form an alliance with the Samajwadi Party in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections.
Addressing a press conference here, Malik said, "Our party supremo Sharad Pawar has made it clear that to defeat the BJP, we will strengthen the party which is in a strong position anywhere. We are with the Left in Kerala, with Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra. Our alliance with Congress in Manipur is almost final. Talks are underway in Goa as well."
"So we are going with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh. Our role is clear, that the party that is capable of defeating the BJP or is giving a fight to them, we will support that party," he added.
Malik's statement came just a day after UP NCP president Umashankar Yadav on Wednesday met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. Soon after, SP tweeted from its handle that NCP leader KK Sharma will be the alliance candidate from the Anupshahr assembly seat of Bulandshahr.
Nawab Malik further said that several seats they contest don't matter, what matters is parties having the same thoughts, contest the elections together to defeat BJP. "In Uttar Pradesh, we have decided to contest elections in alliance with the Samajwadi Party. Yesterday, the Samajwadi Party has also officially announced to give us one seat of Bulandshahr assembly seat number 67, Anupshahar. Talks for the rest of the seats are on between Prafulla Bhai Patel and Akhilesh Yadav. It is not the question that how many seats would we contest on, the matter is how can the parties with the same thoughts come together to defeat the BJP," he said.