The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party today dismissed as "absolutely unfounded" reports that the party would go with the Shiv Sena [ Images ], but maintained that it has the option to align with any secular party.
The NCP will hold its meeting of senior leaders including those from Maharashtra [ Images ] here on February 23 to finalise a strategy for the Lok Sabha elections, party spokesman D P Tripathi said.
"We have nothing to do with communal forces. But we have the option to align with any secular party," Tripathi said a day after Pawar reportedly had a meeting with Sena executive president Uddhav Thackarey.
His statement came at a time when the NCP is demanding a greater share in the seat-sharing talks with Congress in Maharashtra.
"There is no question of going with the Shiv Sena at all. It is a figment of imagination of some people. It is absolutely unfounded. Much should not be read in the courtesy calls. In democracy, we are opponents, not enemies," he said.