As the deadlock over Maharashtra government continues, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has reportedly asked the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena to form government in Maharashtra at the earliest, and asserted that the NCP and the Congress will work as a “responsible opposition.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai after meeting senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut, In a PTI report , Pawar effectively ruled out joining the Uddhav Thackeray-led party in government with the outside support of the Congress.
“Where is the question?” he asked, saying the BJP and the Shiv Sena have been in alliance for 25 years, and they “will come together sooner or later”.
“If we had the numbers, we wouldn’t have waited for anyone. The Congress and the NCP didn’t cross the 100 mark…we will work as a responsible opposition,” Pawar said.
Noting that the BJP and the Shiv Sena have got the mandate to rule, he said, “They should form the government at the earliest and not allow the state to slip in a constitutional crisis. They should allow us to fulfill the mandate assigned to us by people.”
On his discussion with Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the issue of supporting the Shiv Sena, he said, “The Congress and the NCP fought the election in alliance. We want all decisions about the political situation to be taken by consensus. I am not aware what is the decision of the Congress.”