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Ambedkar meets NCP's Bhujbal, sets off tie-up speculations

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

At a time the is dreaming to captain an alliance of like-minded parties against the BJP for upcoming Lok Sabha elections and trying to woo Prakash Ambedkar to the proposed bloc, the leader Wednesday called upon NCP stalwart here.

Ambedkar later said the meeting was both "political" as well as a "courtesy" call.

The has been trying to bring Ambedkar's Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) to the opposition fold against the BJP.

Interstingly, the BBM already announced its tie-up with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM which was looked down on as communal by the

When asked about what transpired at the huddle, the leader said he and Bhujbal didn't talk about the BBM joining the proposed alliance of the like-minded parties.

"It was a political meeting (with Bhujbal) in a sense that they (NCP) are strong in certain areas, while we too are strong in certain pockets," Ambedkar told reporters after the meeting.

"We discussed what could be done to see that the BJP government doesn't come to power again. Accordingly, we exchanged information," he said.

Bhujbal could not be reached for comments.

A had recently said that the Sharad Pawar-led party and the Congress have reached on agreement to contest 40 of the total 48 Lok Sabha seats in together.

They are likely to leave remaining eight seats for smaller allies.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 21:25 IST