New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Addressing a press conference in Mumbai's YB Chavan center after the BJP staked claim to form the government in Maharashtra, today morning, with the support of NCP leader Ajit Pawar, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, "Congress, Shiv Sena, and NCP leaders came together to form Government. We had the numbers. We had our official numbers- 44, 56 and 54 MLAs with us who had supported the govt. Several independent was also with us and we had numbers around 170".
Criticizing his brother and NCP leader Ajit Pawar's decision to render support to the BJP, Sharad Pawar said, "Ajit Pawar's decision is against the party line and is indiscipline. No NCP leader or worker is in favour of an NCP-BJP government. All the MLAs who are going must know that there is an anti-defection law and the possibility of them losing their assembly membership is high".
Reviving hopes to form the government in Maharashtra, he said "I'm sure Governor has given them time to prove majority but they won't be able to prove it. After that our three parties will form the government as we had decided earlier".
"Parties had their MLAs list signed by all MLAs, a similar list of NCP was with Ajit Pawar, as he is CLP of NCP. I assume that he has submitted the same list. I am not sure about this but I suspect that this may be the case. We will discuss with Governor", he added.
"I don't know if he(Ajit Pawar) has done this fearing investigating agency or not. As per my source, 10-11 MLAs were there in Raj Bhavan and out of those, 3 are already here sitting with me".
He also said the appropriate action will be taken against Ajit Pawar, and the NCP will decide its new legislative party leader, Sharad Pawar said, "Today, a new NCP legislative party leader will be elected here at 4 pm. Action against Ajit Pawar will be taken as per the procedure".
NCP MLA Rajendra Shingane, also present at the press conference said that Ajit Pawar had called to discuss something but took me to Raj Bhavan in the oath ceremony. "Ajit Pawar had called me to discuss something and from there I was taken with other MLAs to Raj Bhavan. Before we could understand oath ceremony was complete. I rushed to Pawar Sahab and told him I am with Sharad Pawar and NCP", he said.
Two more NCP MLAs Sandip Kshirsagar and Sunil Bhusara also allege that they were unknowingly taken to the oath ceremony and that now they have come back and expressed support to Sharad Pawar.
Taking his turn to speak at the press conference, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, "Earlier EVM Khel was going on and now this is new Khel. From here onwards I don't think elections are even needed. Everyone knows what Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj did when betrayed and attacked from the back".
"This is a new kind of thing that the country has witnessed... This is nothing but disrespect towards the constitution of India and the mandate of the people of Maharashtra. This is not just in Maharashtra... the BJP is doing this all over the country", he added.
Uddhav Thackeray further said, "the BJP is forming governments with people like Dushyant Chautala, who they spoke against all along. The BJP must go back and introspect... and see what ideals Shivaji Maharaj stood for. This is nothing but a political surgical strike that the BJP has done. We will stand together and we will form the government in Maharashtra, adding "let them try and break Shiv Sena MLAs, Maharashtra will not stay asleep".
Posted By: Talib Khan