New Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday reiterated its offer of external support to the Bharatiya Janata Party for forming a government in Maharashtra and added that it was yet to hear from the leaders of the single-largest party in the state.
Speaking to scribes, NCP leader Ajit Pawar said, "For a new government in Maharashtra, there needs to be stability. That is why Praful Patel offered external support to BJP."
But he said that the BJP, which secured 122 seats and fell short of the 145 seat mark by 23, was yet to respond to NCP's offer. He added, "BJP has not contacted us yet. It is up to them to make a decision on what they want to do.
"We want to work for the people and solve their issues," the former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra said.
The NCP was happy with the Maharashtra polls outcome, he said, attributing the result to lack of time for campaigning. "We didn't have time to campaign everywhere but still we have done well. We are happy with the result," he added.
Pawar lauded his party workers over the victory and said the elected MLAs will work hard in their constituencies. "Our workers have done a great job. We will work to our best efforts and play a crucial role in the assembly," he summed up.