Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Sunday announced that it was ready to extend outside support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for forming government in Maharashtra.
Speaking to reporters here, NCP leader Praful Patel said the party had explored all options for government formation and concluded that in the interest of Maharashtra, the BJP which has emerged as the single largest party can only provide a stable government.
Since the BJP is also in power at the Centre, it will be good for Maharashtra that there is a BJP government in the state, the NCP leader said.
That is why the NCP has decided to extend outside support to the BJP, he added.
It may be noted that the NCP had ended its alliance with the Congress ahead of the elections. As per the latest trends, the NCP will manage to win around 42 seats only way short of the majority of 145 seats.