"NCP has stabbed us in back": Congress MLA Nana Patole on BJP-NCP alliance for Zila Parishad polls


Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole on Wednesday said the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has betrayed his party as the the latter forms an alliance with the Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) for Zila Parishad polls.

The Congress MLA said, “NCP has stabbed us in the back. If NCP wants enmity, do it from the front, we are ready for it. Maharashtra government is formed by 3 parties (Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) under Common Minimum Program. “

Patole further talked about the Supreme Court’s verdict on sedition law. He said, “Since BJP government is formed, sedition law has been misused in various parts of the country, and the Central government is punishing innocents under this. We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision on sedition law.” 

In a historic development, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises the offence of sedition be kept in abeyance till the government’s exercise of reviewing the law is complete.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also asked the Central government and States not to register any cases under Section 124A.

“It would be appropriate to put the provision on abeyance,” the bench ordered.

The NCP on Tuesday joined hands with the rival BJP to elect the president of the Gondia Zilla Parishad in Maharashtra while keeping the Congress away from power with the backing of Independents and a local outfit.  

In the 53-member Gondia ZP, the BJP has 26 members, Congress 13, NCP 6, Janata ki Party 4, and two independents.

Speaking on the surprise political alignments, NCP leader Rajendra Jain and BJP’s Rahangdale claimed that they followed the instructions of senior leaders of their respective parties.

(With inputs from ANI)


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