Amid strong buzz of Congress joining NCP and Shiv Sena in forming government in Maharashtra, senior leader Sanjay Nirupam dropped a sensational statement that may not augur well with the leadership in Delhi. “No matter who forms govt and how? But the political instability in Maharashtra cannot be ruled out now. Get ready for early elections. It may take place in 2020. Can we go to the elections with ShivSena as partner?,” Nirupam said on Twitter. The tweet comes amid reports of emergency CWC meet in Delhi where the Congress may announce its decision that will put an end to the overdue political suspense. This is not the first time that Nirupam has come out against any alliance between Shiv Sena and the Congress. On Friday, Nirupam had said that the ongoing war of words between the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena was nothing but "drama" and the Congress should stay away from it.
No matter who forms govt and how ? But the political instability in Maharashtra can not be ruled out now. Get ready for early elections. It may take place in 2020.— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) November 11, 2019
Can we go to the elections with ShivSena as partner ?
"Have they lost? How can some Congress leaders think of supporting the Shiv Sena," the former Mumbai Congress president tweeted. "Congress should not get into Shiv Sena-BJP drama. It's fake. It's their temporary fight to grab more power share," said the ex-MP, who is miffed with party leadership over ticket distribution for the October 21 polls. "To the best of my understanding, Shiv Sena will never come out of BJP's shadow," said Nirupam, who was associated with the Bal Thackeray-founded party before joining the Congress. He cautioned his party against "flirting" with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
"It is going to be a futile exercise. Hope the state leaders realise the truth. Instead we must introspect why the party lost 2 per cent of votes as compared to 2014 assembly elections. "We are down from 17 to 15 per cent (in terms of vote share). As a party we have come down from 3rd to 4th position (in term of seats)," he said.
In the just-concluded polls, the NCP won 54 seats, while its ally Congress clinched 44 seats. On the other hand, the BJP and Shiv Sena won 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly.