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NCP and JDU announces alliance for 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections

Today Morning, JDU and NCP in a press conference announced about their alliance for the upcoming 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections, which the JDU described as “not anti-Congress, but anti-BJP.” The possibility of the alliance came from a fortnight after Gujarat Leader of the Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela hinted at an alliance between the Congress and the NCP.

Senior NCP leader and former Union Minister Praful Patel along with K C Tyagi of the JDU announced the NCP-JDU development at a joint press conference in City today. Currently, the lone JDU MLA Chhotubhai Vasava, a five-term legislator, is the state president of the party, while the NCP has two MLAs in the 182-member Assembly.

K C Tyagi said both the NCP and the JDU have pockets of influence in Gujarat and they had in the past won three to five Assembly seats. “Our alliance in Gujarat is not an anti-Congress step. This is an anti-BJP step. We are not opposed to any idea of aligning with the Congress, which is a major Opposition party in Gujarat. But as of today, there is no communication from the Congress side to us or the NCP,” K C Tyagi added.