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Congress Denies Sharad Pawar’s Statement on Support to Shiv Sena

Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar shows his fore finger marked with phosphorous ink after casting his vote at a polling booth during Maharashtra Assembly Elections in Mumbai, on Oct.15, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar shows his fore finger marked with phosphorous ink after casting his vote at a polling booth during Maharashtra Assembly Elections in Mumbai, on Oct.15, 2014. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)

The Congress Party in Maharashtra on Tuesday denied the Nationalist Party Chief (NCP) Sharad Pawar’s statement that the Congress had proposed the support to NCP for the formation of Shiv-Sena led government in the state.

On Monday, while speaking in the newly elected Members of Legislative Assembly meeting, Pawar said, “Indeed, there was a proposal for the formation of a Shiv Sena-led government, with outside support of Congress and NCP. A senior Congress leader had drafted the proposal. But past experience shows that a government formed on the basis of outside support does not last long.”

Confirming Pawar’s statement, his nephew Ajit Pawar has said that a state-level Congress leader had called Pawar, seeking support for the formation of a Shiv Sena-led government.

On Tuesday, dismissing the claim of Pawar, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre refused that any such proposal was put forward to BJP. He said, “No such proposal was sent to NCP and why Mr Pawar is making such a statement is unfathomable.”

Thakre added, “If such proposal was sent to NCP, Mr Pawar should reveal the name of the person, who conveyed it him.”

Pawar had strongly defended his party’s decision to extend unconditional support to a BJP government. He said BJP has emerged as the single largest party in the state but is unable to form a government on its own owing to the lack of a clear majority.

He reportedly said that the NCP, which has offered unconditional support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government, decided to support the BJP without compromising on its ideology. Pawar said, “We took stock of the political situation. In the larger interests of the state, we decided to extend support from outside to the proposed BJP government. Despite such a situation, there will be no compromise on the secular policies of the NCP.”

Meanwhile, in regard to the support offered by NCP to BJP to form the government, Pawar said, “I think the decision on whether to accept NCP’s support or not will be taken at the level of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

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