13/08/2015 9:16 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

NCP Pulls Out of Anti-BJP Alliance For Bihar Polls

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - AUGUST 10: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress Party General Secretary Digvijaya Singh at Parliament during the monsoon session on August 10, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The government will tomorrow bring the much-awaited bill on GST for passage in the Rajya Sabha even as doubts persist if the opposition Congress will allow passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The anti-BJP alliance in poll-bound Bihar today suffered a setback with Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) deciding to pull out after it was given a mere three seats out of the total 243 seats.

NCP leader Tariq Anwar said he has convened a meeting of party leaders to decide the future course of action and said that the party could even go alone in the state.

"Wanted to be with the JDU-RJD-Congress alliance, but since they don't want NCP, they are not knowing my contribution," Mr Anwar said.

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At a press conference to announce the alliance, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters that the NCP has been with them in the recent election for Legislative Council 24 seats and they would like it to be with them in the Assembly polls.

Mr Kumar indicated that three seats would be given to Sharad Pawar's party if they join the combine.

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