Sena-NCP-Congress alliance could be named ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’

In order to address reservations of some allies in the Congress-led ‘Maha Aghadi’ in Maharashtra, the proposed name of the new upcoming alliance with Shiv Sena is likely to be ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’, party sources said on Thursday.

Until now, the Shiv Sena had been terming the prospective alliance as a ‘Maha Shiv Aghadi’, but after suggestions from some smaller allies of ‘Maha Aghadi’, it has been made more neutral by replacing ‘Shiv’ with ‘Vikas’.

“We hope this will have universal appeal and even the Shiv Sena may not have any objections. Plus, it supplements the upcoming Sena-NCP-Congress government’s prime agenda of ‘vikas’ or development,” a Congress leader told IANS, preferring not to be identified.

He explained that some smaller parties had objected as to why only the Shiv Sena’s name should be visible in the ‘Maha Shiv Aghadi’ especially when it was a part of the former ‘Maha Yuti’ alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party and other parties supporting the saffron group for the past more than 25 years.

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