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BJP-Sena recriminations a Laurel and Hardy drama, says NCP

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The NCP on Monday mocked the latest duel between the and the over forging alliance for the upcoming polls as a "Laurel and Hardy" drama--a popular comedy duo act of the early known for its slapstick comedy.

The ridicule came a day after said that if an alliance happened, the party will ensure victory for its allies, but if it did not, the party will thrash its former allies in the coming polls.

"The way is giving a statement, that it is not bothered about the alliance and the way said yesterday that it will rout Sena, I think drama is on in Maharashtra," Nawab Malik told reporters here.

was a comedy duo act during the early Classical Hollywood era of and became known through 1920s to 1940s.

Speaking before Shah in Latur city Sunday, Chief Minister had set the workers a target to win 40 of total 48 seats in

Reacting to the statements, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party had said it was ready to take on opposition.

Meanwhile, Malik dismissed reports that the NCP was mulling over to give a ticket to to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

"The party has not given any such proposal to allot him (Nikam) a ticket. There is no decision made internally to give him candidature. The party won't give candidature (to Nikam)," he said.

Malik further said NCP and are currently holding discussions with like-minded parties to share seats, and the contours of the alliance would be finalised by January 15.

had last week said his party and have reached a consensus on 40 Lok Sabha seats.

In 2014 polls, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had won 42 out of the 48 seats in Maharashtra, with BJP winning 23 seats and Sena 18.

The Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha, which was an NDA ally, had won a seat. Shetti left the NDA in 2017 citing dissatisfaction with the over handling of agrarian issues.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:16 IST
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