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NCP aims to emerge as the third option in Guj: Praful Patel

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

leader today said his party is not "very keen" on any pre-poll tie-up with the for the assembly polls and is rather trying to emerge as the third option.

"We may or may not enter into such pact with the Our focus now is to emerge as the third option in We are planning for not just 2017 polls, but beyond that too," said Nationalist Party leader Patel on the prospect of his party's alliance with the


To strengthen the party ahead of the assembly polls, expected to be held in November this year, chief would visit the state on March 19, said Patel, a MP and former Union minister.

which entered into a pre-poll alliance with the in 2012, is presently having two MLAs in the - Kandhal Jadeja and Jayant Patel.

Patel, who is the party in-charge for Gujarat, also hinted that some leaders are are keen to join the in

"The decision about alliance this time will be taken around two months ahead of polls. The picture will be clear only during July or August. Though we are in touch with some other parties, such as JD(U), for alliance, we will never have an agreement with AAP here," said Patel.

"Pawar will be in Ahmedabad on March 19 to inaugurate NCP's new state office. He will also attend a gathering of all the key leaders and members of the that day. Our focus for this poll is to contest maximum number of seats," he added.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 19:42 IST
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