Congress has expressed its willingness to have an alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party in the fast changing political situation. Extending an olive branch to NCP Ashok Chavan, chief of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee said, “If there is need for coalition with the NCP in the present context, there is no problem in joining hands with them…if it is a win-win for both the parties.”
NCP of late has been critical of the policies of Modi government and the failures of the Maharashtra government headed by the BJP. SharadPawar, chief of NCP, strongly disapproved the attitude of the Centre towards farm loan waivers. He pointed out that while the union government is unwilling to support the farm loan waiver announced in Maharashtra, it had funds for recapitalisation of Banks. Shiv Sena with whom BJP has electoral alliance, is also distancing itself from BJP due to differences over some of its policies.
With 2019 polls in view, the Congress appears to be willing to have electoral alliance with the NCP. It looks the differences between the two parties during the Gujarat elections are forgotten and there is willingness to sort out the political disagreements and look for united action in the future. Gujarat elections also showed that anti-BJP vote splitting is advantageous to the Parivar.
Chavan on Sunday according to reports indicated readiness to revive its alliance with the NCP that broke down in 2014 assembly polls. Chavan admitted that the NCP had some areas of influence in some districts and it cannot be denied. The only point he stressed was that an understanding should be beneficial to both the parties.