Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said a Congress-backed third front government was a possibility post-poll.

“I do not see a great possibility of the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi getting the post. Even if the NDA gets the larger number of seats, allies may not agree to his being Prime Minister. A Congress-backed third front government could be a possibility,” he told a press conference here.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chavan’s statement earlier this week that regional parties should not be allowed to contest the Lok Sabha elections drew sharp criticism from the Congress ally, the Nationalist Congress Party. “It is the constitutional right for every citizen and political party to contest elections,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.

Mr. Chavan clarified: “I am concerned about political stability since we have thousands of regional parties. In Germany regional parties are not allowed to contest national elections. But my statement is just a suggestion which should be discussed.”