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NCP announces end of alliance; Congress says NCP decision pre-scripted

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New Delhi (Sept 25, 2014): Fuming after ally NCP's announcement that it will walk out of the alliance in Maharashtra, Congress on Thursday alleged it was a "pre-scripted" decision of Sharad Pawar's party.

Congress general secretary in charge of the state Mohan Prakash also indicated that the party was exploring the option of aligning with other like-minded parties on board to fight elections there.

"Congress always made efforts to keep secular forces together. From our side, we made all efforts to ensure that alliance continues and there was never a lack of communication. But it seems, the script was already written before," Prakash told.

He also said that the effort of Congress will still be to fight the election after bringing the secular forces together to take forward the development and pride of Maharashtra.

His remarks came immediately after the NCP announced its decision to contest election on its own ending the 15-year-old alliance with Congress in Maharashtra. The party also decided to withdraw support to the Congress-led government in the state.

Samajwadi Party and some other smaller parties also contest elections in Maharashtra.

In the backdrop of the growing proximity of SP and Janta Dal United, JD (U) president Sharad Yadav is on Thursday in Mumbai to forge some kind of secular grouping for the assembly elections there.

Congress is supporting the JD(U) government in Bihar. Though there are no official confirmation from any of these parties, there is a likelihood that Congress could get support from them in the assembly polls.