‘NCP given mandate to sit in opposition but…’: Sharad Pawar after meeting with Sonia Gandhi (Photo Credit: PTI file)
Amid an impasse over government formation in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi to discuss the political situation in the state.
Pawar said the people of Maharashtra gave mandate to the NCP to sit in the Opposition, but “you cannot speak about future”.
“The BJP was responsible for forming the government in Maharashtra,” he said.
In the meeting that lasted over half an hour, sources said the two leaders discussed the possibilities of forming an alternative government and support the Shiv Sena in case it decides to move out of its alliance with the BJP.
The two leaders were earlier expected to meet in the afternoon but Pawar had to attend a parliamentary standing committee meeting.
They are learnt to have discussed the current political situation in Maharashtra after a tussle between the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena, which is playing hardball on the issue of chief minister's post and demanding an equal division of the tenure of the chief minister.
The BJP is not agreeing to the demand.
The BJP and the Sena are locked in a bitter dispute over the issue, resulting in a stalemate over government formation despite results of the Assembly polls on October 24 giving the saffron alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House.