Cong did not honour alliance with NCP: Union minister
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Union Minister for Heavy Industries Praful Patel Thursday accused the Congress of not honouring the alliance with the NCP in the state. "The NCP decided to contest the elections in Gujarat with the Congress but it's unfortunate that they have not fully honoured the alliance," Patel told reporters here. "It was the responsibility of Congress to honour the alliance on seat-sharing but unfortunately they have not done so. We aligned with them in the last elections and in this elections also as we wanted a secular government to be formed in Gujarat," he said, adding, "The decision of alliance was taken to avoid division of votes."
Congress and NCP had agreed on a seat-sharing formula for nine seats. However, on the last day of filing of nomination forms, Congress fielded its candidates in four constituencies.
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