Write a short note on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)

Formation of the Party :
In May 1999, the nationalist leaders Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma and Tariq Anwar took the historic decision to form a new political party under the name of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Sharad Pawar was elected as President and Sangma and Anwar became General Secretaries of the party.
Ideology of the Party :
The party follows the ideology of democracy, Gandhian secularism, equity, social justice and federalism. It believes that high offices in government be confined to natural born citizens of the country.
Features of the Party:
The party’s symbol is an analogue clock, with two legs and an ahum button, reads 10:10. It is a major party in Maharashtra and has a significant presence in Meghalaya, Manipur and Assam. It is a coalition partner of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) after the election of 2009.