Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Nagpur president Anil Deshmukh announced NCP’s tie up with Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), ahead of the upcoming NMC elections in February. Deshmukh, who was the cabinet minister in the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra (2009-2014), said, “NCP is eagerly looking forward to working in tandem with IUML for the upcoming NMC elections.” The former minister, while addressing the media persons on Sunday afternoon at his Civil Lines residence, said that the NCP and IUML have joined hands against racism and casteism. “We want to make India a secular country, added Deshmukh”
IUML President Shamim Shadiq too echoed Deshmukh’s sentiments, by saying, “We are strictly against racism. We are looking forward to make India secular and hence we have decided to join hands with the NCP.”
“NCP is also trying for a coalition with the Indian National Congress. We have also sent a letter to the Congress party to avoid division of secular votes. We are hoping for a positive response from the party.” Referring to the leadership confusion in Congress party, Deshmukh said, “We have been warned by few Congress leaders to not to hold any dialogue with their senior leader Vilas Muttemwar about any coalition. Certain Congress leaders called me up and told me that they didn’t consider Vilas Muttemwar to be the decision-making authority in the party for the upcoming elections.
NCP MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, MLC from RCP Pravin Kunte Patil, IUML MLA Ishrat Nahid Ansari, IUML leader Aslam Khan, RCP leader Vedprakash Arya, IUML MLA Mohsin Khan, NCP leader Dilip Pankule, NCP leader Anil Ahirkar and NCP leader Kamil Ansari were also present during the press conference.