The standoff between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the government has become more pronounced with a pull out by the former from the government
It is being speculated in the political circles that the NCP chief and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar
is most likely is not going to attend the farewell dinner for the outgoing President Pratibha Patil
being hosted by the Prime Minister this evening.
It may be recalled that the NCP was formed in 1999, by Sharad Pawar, P. A. Sangma, and Tariq Anwar after they were expelled from the Indian National Congress (INC) for questing the right of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi to lead the party.
Later, they decided to be the allies of UPA and coalition partner in the Congress-led government on Maharashtra. Recently, co-founder of NCP, P. A. Sangma, quit the party, to contest in presidential polls as a NDA nominee, which he lost.