NCP, Congress will sit in Opposition in Maharashtra, says Ajit Pawar

Ajit Pawar said the people of Maharashtra have asked his party to sit in the Opposition, as reflected in the election results, and it will do the same

Updated - November 01, 2019 01:17 pm IST

Published - November 01, 2019 01:15 pm IST - Mumbai

Ajit Pawar. File

Ajit Pawar. File

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar has said his party and ally Congress will sit in the opposition even as the ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena remain engaged in tussle over government formation in Maharashtra.

Mr. Pawar said the people of the State have asked his party to sit in the Opposition, as reflected in the election results, and it will do the same.

He made the remarks after a meeting of key NCP leaders at party president Sharad Pawar’s residence late night on Thursday.

The former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister’s comments came amid speculation about the Shiv Sena-NCP forming Government in the State with outside support from the Congress.

The NCP won 54 seats, while its ally Congress clinched 44 seats.

On the other hand, the BJP and the Shiv Sena won 105 and 56 seats respectively, in the October 21 election to the 288 -member Assembly.

Mr. Pawar, re-elected from the Baramati assembly seat in Pune district, refrained from commenting on the ongoing war of words between the saffron allies over sharing of power in the new government.

“The taunting going on between the BJP and the Shiv Sena is completely their concern. I have no reason to make any statement in that regard... The people have asked the Congress, NCP and allies to sit in the Opposition. We will work accordingly,” He told reporters.

He said the BJP and the Shiv Sena may discuss government formation and come to a conclusion.

He added that the NCP, the Congress and their other allies will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in a day or two on the issue of damage caused to crops by untimely rains in various parts of the state.

The meeting of NCP leaders followed several newly-elected Congress MLAs too calling on Sharad Pawar in the evening on Thursday.

Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and former Maharashtra Chief Ministers Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan also met Sharad Pawar on Thursday morning.

The trio later flew to Delhi to hold parleys on the issue with party president Sonia Gandhi.

The Shiv Sena is demanding the Chief Minister’s post on a rotational basis and 50:50 division of portfolios.

However, the BJP has insisted that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will continue to hold the post for the next five years.

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