Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Wednesday hit out at ally NCP for forging an alliance with rival BJP for the Gondia Zilla Parishad polls and accused it of “stabbing the oldest party in the back”.
The Congress state chief also said that he would discuss the issue with the party’s high command. The Gondia unit of the NCP on Tuesday tied up with the BJP to elect the president of the Gondia Zilla Parishad to keep the Congress out of power.
Significantly, in the Zilla Parishad elections, the NCP-BJP alliance won. Pankaj Rahangdale from BJP was elected president and Yashwant Gunveer of NCP was elected vice-president.
Talking to reporters here, Patole said, “In the past two and a half years, the NCP took away some of our party members. It forged an alliance with BJP for Gondia Zilla Parishad. If we want an enemy, we want someone who is openly an enemy. If they backstab while being beside us, they will be asked questions.”
“We will discuss this with our high command and we will do whatever they tell us,” Patole added.
Notably, Congress’ Usha Mendhe was defeated in the Gondia Zilla Parishad polls.