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Congress would've done better had it allied with NCP: Praful Patel

NCP was part of the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the two parties were also partners in the previous Maharashtra govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

NCP MP Praful Patel during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
NCP MP Praful Patel during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Monday said the would have "done better" in the Gujarat election if it had formed an alliance with his party.

The trends showed that the was leading in 102 seats, while the was ahead in 71 of the 182 assembly seats. The NCP was leading in one seat, according to the Election Commission trends.

"The should have tied up with the NCP. They could have done better," Patel said.

The NCP was part of the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre and the two parties were also partners in the previous Maharashtra government.

For Gujarat elections, the was seen trying to stitch a coalition with the NCP against the ruling However, it could not fructify.

Stressing that the GST was "an issue" in its first two months of implementation, Patel said, "The steps taken by the government in this regard helped pacify the angry traders.

First Published: Mon, December 18 2017. 16:38 IST