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 in the state.
Even as the impasse over government formation in Maharashtra continues following a fractured mandate in the Assembly polls, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday held a meeting with the newly-elected legislators here.
Even as NCP suffered reverses in its citadel of Pune district with just three out of 21 seats in its kitty, party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar romped home with a thumping margin of about 90,000 votes in the family pocket-borough of Baramati.
BJP will need an ally to form government in Maharashtra. External support has been offered by Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party.Amid speculation about a possible reconciliation with the Shiv Sena.
NCP leader Praful Patel on Thursday said that his party would play a crucial role in the formation of the next government in Maharashtra, while BJP, touted to emerge as the single largest party, said it would never join hands with the Sharad Pawar-led party.
Congress and other political parties have criticised the BJP for using Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Madison Square Garden speech in New York in the party's advertisement on TV to woo voters for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls, as per reports on Monday.
Hitting out at the former Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that it is time to remove those from the state during whose rule only chief ministers were changed instead of solving the problems of the state.
Amid speculation about realignment of parties in Maharashtra after October 15 poll, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday praised Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for "working hard" to strengthen his party after the demise of his father and party founder Bal Thackeray in 2012.
Ruling himself out of the chief ministerial race, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said he will not take any post of power and will now be seen only in organisational and advisory capacity while in public life.
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Sharad Pawar and his kin of "enslaving" people in his stronghold Baramati, the NCP chief on Sunday hit back at Modi, saying he was compromising the prestige of PM's post by lowering the standard of public debate with personal attacks.