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No merger of Congress and NCP, says Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat

Balasaheb Thorat said the issue of merger of two parties was never discussed, either within the state Congress or with NCP leaders

Pune: On Tuesday Maharashtra Congress president and senior leader Balasaheb Thorat said that there has been no discussion about the merger of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) so far. Earlier Sushilkumar Shinde hinted that Congress – NCP could come together as both parties‘ ideology is the same.

Congress veteran and senior leader Sushilkumar Shinde caused a flutter when he said the NCP and Congress will soon merge in one party.

Balasaheb Thorat said the issue of merger of two parties was never discussed, either within the state Congress or with NCP leaders.

“It has been two months since I assumed charge as state Congress chief, and our party had several meetings with NCP, but no discussion so far has taken place on the issue of the merger,” he said.

Thorat also exuded confidence that Congress-NCP alliance will win over 160 seats in the October 21 Assembly elections in the state.

Thorat alleged the BJP-led state government for “poor and disappointing” handling of the floods which devastated Kolhapur and Sangli districts in August.┬áThe state government also failed to get any monetary assistance from the Central government.

Thorat claims “The state government had sent a proposal to the Centre seeking Rs 6,800 crore for flood relief, but not a single penny has been received,”.

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