Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that his party would abstain if the Maharashtra Assembly votes to establish majority.
The comments by Pawar was made to a leading Daily.
He was quoted by the Daily as saying, “If situation warrants and there is voting in the Assembly we will abstain."
"Numbers are such that we are compelled to do it, otherwise there will be no government in Maharashtra and within six months there will again be elections," he had added, as per PTI.
Another NCP leader Praful Patel had told the media immediately after the results were declared in Maharashtra that his party would offer unconditional support to the BJP.
However, Pawar said that the offer for support was an attempt to protect NCP leaders from the inquiries into financial irregularities.
Meanwhile, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik also reiterated on Monday that his party would abstain from voting in Legislative Assembly if a minority government headed by the BJP seeks trust vote.
"If Shiv Sena joins the government, there will be no problem. We will not be part of the government but do not want to create instability by voting against a minority government. So NCP will abstain if there is voting," Malik told PTI.
NCP would like to honour the people's mandate which is in favour of BJP ,the single largest party, he said.
Seven independents and five MLAs from smaller parties will support the BJP government during the floor test taking the total strength to 134, ten short of the simple majority mark in the house of 288. There is one nominated member taking the total strength of the legislative assembly to 289.
With Agency inputs