NCP declares truce, alliance to have more ‘coordination’

July 25th, 2012 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Declaring a truce with the alliance partner Congress, the NCP Wednesday said a mechanism is being evolved to ensure more consultation between allies for “cohesive functioning” of the government.

Talking to reporters after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, party leader Praful Patel said it was decided that allies will meet at least once a month “to discuss policies and other issues”.

“After deliberations, we decided to set up an effective coordination mechanism to ensure cohesive functioning of the UPA. It will ensure UPA allies meet at least once a month to discuss policies and other issues,” Patel said.

“It was also decided that a coordination mechanism will be formulated for Maharashtra government soon,” he said.

The two allies had been going through a rough patch with NCP reportedly upset about not being given due importance in the alliance.

Pawar and Patel had not been attending their office and also gave a miss to the last meeting of the union cabinet.

Patel said they both would return to their offices. He also made it clear that the NCP was not leaving the alliance.

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