Sangma asks Pawar to severe ties with Congress (Lead)March 19th, 2009 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Upset over the decision to impose president’s rule in Meghalaya, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P.A. Sangma Thursday asked party chief Sharad Pawar to severe ties with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.
“The president has signed proclamation imposing president’s rule in Meghalaya,” Sangma told reporters here.
Citing a “constitutional breakdown”, the central government Wednesday decided to impose president’s rule in Meghalaya, a day after the state government barely survived a trust vote with the help of the assembly speaker.
He said Pawar, who is also a union cabinet minister, was isolated in the cabinet for opposing the move to impose president’s rule in the state.
“He did oppose the move in the cabinet (to impose president’s rule). But he was isolated,” Sangma said.
“If the Congress wants to destroy us… in my view.. NCP should not have any truck with the Congress and the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) in the coming elections,” Sangama said
He also cited the denial of Lok Sabha seat to senior party leader Tariq Anwar by the UPA allies in Bihar.
“We should not have alliance with such parties,” he said.
Sangma said he would meet the leaders of all non-Congress parties and particularly those of the nascent Third Front before launching an agitation in the northeast against the imposition of president’s rule in Meghalaya.
“Yes, I am going to meet all non-Congress political parties, particularly the leaders of the Third Front,” he said.
“We should ally with non-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), non-Congress parties,” Sangma said.
Descrbing the imposition of president’s rule in Meghalaya as unconstitutional and unethical, Sangma said the signing of proclamation by the president “amounts to defacing the Constitution of India.”
“This is absolutely unconstitutional, unethical and amounts to defacing the constitution of India,” Sangma said.
He said he has full faith in the judiciary and a petition would be filed before the Supreme Court Friday pleading to quash the order promulgated by the president.
“Supreme Court will restore the constitution of the country,” Sangma said.
Meanwhile, the Congress said the alliance with the NCP was strong.
“Terms of alliance with NCP are and strong both in Maharashtra and at the centre. We have a successful alliance which is heading ahead,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.
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