Published On: Wed, Nov 6th, 2019

BJP-Sena forming government in Maharashtra is only option: Sharad Pawar

Mumbai: Putting at rest speculations about a Shiv Sena-NCP alliance government in the state of Maharashtra with the outside support of the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar ruled out any such move and said that the only viable option is a Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government in the state.

Pawar said he was “eagerly looking forward” to see a Shiv Sena-led government in the state

“The BJP-Sena are allies since over 25 years. They should take immediate steps to give the state a new government. The people have given the NCP-Congress the mandate to sit in the Opposition and we are prepared for it,” Pawar declared, reiterating the party’s known position on the issue.

Pawar said that a NCP-Congress government – even with support from the Sena – was out of the question, but the two parties will take any decision in the matter jointly.

Pawar said he was “eagerly looking forward” to see a Shiv Sena-led government in the state.

To a query, Pawar said there is “no proposal” from the Shiv Sena on the issue of government formation, here on Wednesday.

“Yes Sanjay Raut (Sena MP) met me, as he regularly meets me. There is no proposal (on government formation) from the Sena,” Pawar claimed, addressing a crowded media gathering.

He admitted that Raut had shown a list of 170 MLAs who are supporting the Sena, but added: “I have no idea how he (Raut) has got the figures”.

Responding to a question, Pawar contended that he was not involved in the government formation efforts in the state between the BJP-Sena.

He said first let the BJP make the government since presently, there is only one option available – a BJP-Sena government as per the people’s mandate.

In his initial reactions to Pawar’s statements, Raut dared the BJP again saying that “those who have 105 MLAs should form the government”.

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