The Samajwadi Party-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will run in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh State Assembly Elections, according to NCP President Sharad Pawar.
Sharad Pawar, the president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), announced on Tuesday that his party would run in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections as part of the Samajwadi Party-led alliance.
He also stated that 13 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly will join the Samajwadi Party.
Pawar told reporters in Mumbai that the people of Uttar Pradesh want parivartan (change) in the northern state, and that it will come.
“Voters in Uttar Pradesh will respond appropriately to the communal polarisation that is taking place ahead of the elections,” he predicted.
He also stated that the NCP will run in the upcoming Assembly elections in Goa and Manipur. He added that the NCP will reach an agreement with the Congress in Manipur, and that it is in talks with the Congress and the Trinamool Congress in Goa.
Pawar slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his “80:20” remarks. Yogi Adityanath has referred to the Uttar Pradesh election as a “80 versus 20 battle,” a highly divisive remark that has been interpreted as implying a religious divide. The figures he cites roughly correspond to the Hindu-Muslim ratio in Uttar Pradesh.
“Such remarks are unbecoming of a chief minister.” However, that is their (BJP’s) ideology… “The people of Uttar Pradesh will respond appropriately to such ideology,” Pawar said.
“Maurya has made a new beginning,” Pawar said of Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya’s decision to leave the state cabinet and join the Samajwadi Party. This isn’t going to end here. In the run-up to the election, some new faces will’migrate’ every day.”
Siraj Mehndi, a former UP Congress MLC, joined the NCP in the presence of Pawar. The NCP’s leader stated that his experience will benefit the party.