The NCP today skipped a meeting of opposition parties convened by Sonia Gandhi to express its displeasure over allegations by some Congress leaders that its two MLAs did not vote for Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. NCP leader Praful Patel said even when his party had issued a three-line whip to its MLAs to vote for the Congress, leaders of that party are accusing it of not supporting its candidate. "Even after we issued a whip to our MLAs, they voted for the Congress. Why should we be accused of not supporting it? That is why we decided to boycott this meeting," Patel told PTI. Asked whether the Sharad Pawar party will be part of the opposition unity, he said the issue will be decided "when time comes". Patel said the NCP is not part of alliance in Gujarat or elsewhere with the Congress, "still we supported Congress". He also wondered why the NCP should run after the Congress, when the party led by Sonia Gandhi is one of the various opposition parties. Sources have said that one of the two MLAs voted for the Congress while the other defied the whip.
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