New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid a tussle between allies BJP and Shiv Sena over 50-50 formula, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday ended all the possibility of his party forming the next government in Maharashtra by saying that is not an option for his party and that the NCP will continue to sit in the opposition. The remarks comes even as Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray met newly-elected MLAs.
The Shiv Sena is eyeing for an equal share of power in the government and have demanded a written assurance by the BJP on the same. Thackeray has said that he has other options, but uninterested in exploring them owing to BJP and Sena's 'Hindutva ideology'.
The BJP emerged as the single largest party after winning 105 seats in the recently concluded assembly election. Its alliance partner Shiv Sena got 56 seats while NCP emerged as the third-largest party (54) and Congress managed to get 44 seats in the 288-member house. A total of 145 members are required to form the government.
When the NCP chief was questioned about supporting the Sena to form the government, Pawar said, "This is not the option before us. The people have asked us to sit in the opposition. We have accepted that mandate," quoted PTI.
The remarks came after he met Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat at his residence in Pune. NCP MP Supriya Sule and newly-elected MLA from Kajrat-Jamkhed and Rohit Pawar were also present at the occasion. Senior NCP leader Praful Patel also second his party chief, "The NCP will sit in the opposition," he said.
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