‘BJP-Sena will ultimately come together to form Maharashtra govt’: NCP chief Sharad Pawar
Although the party is not sure about the Shiv Sena walking out of the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders are keeping a plan B for a Sena-NCP government ready.
According to party insiders, the plan involves forming a government with the Shiv Sena and indirect support of the Congress. Both the parties will try to get a combined tally of 125 by taking along small parties and independents. The Congress will not be a part of the government directly as its leaders are wary of the reaction of certain sections that support the party and are opposed to the Sena. The plan was discussed in a core committee meeting called by NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his residence on Thursday evening. The meeting was called after senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut met the NCP chief at his residence in South Mumbai.
However, Pawar clarified they have not received any proposal from the Shiv Sena, and their party is not in touch with the Sena over formation of government. Speaking to a news channel, Pawar said he was sure the BJP-Sena will ultimately come together to form the government. “We are contemplating forming the government with the Sena, but with a rider. The Sena will have to declare they are snapping ties with the BJP. Our opinion is the Sena may use the talks for bargain with the BJP. We have asked them to come clean,” said an NCP leader.