Posted on November 6, 2019, 4:21 PM IST
Looks like the exclusive meeting between Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar didn’t bear much fruit. The NCP leader has confirmed that his party will not be a part of the Maharashtra government formation. Pawar maintained that he will lead from the Opposition.
Speaking at a press conference after an hour long meeting with Sena MP, Pawar said, “BJP and Shiv Sena must maintain the mandate and respect the people’s votes to form a government soon.”
Continuing he said, the NCP has no role in government formation. "Where is the question of a Shiv Sena-NCP government? The Shiv Sena and the BJP have been in alliance for 30 years. Sooner or later they will come together," assured Sharad Pawar.
"We don't have numbers otherwise we would have gone ahead and formed the government - I'm not going to be the chief minister," he added.
He reiterated this his party and the Congress have got the mandate to be a "responsible opposition". "I have been the chief minister four times and am not keen on that post again," Pawar said.
He also added that he is not keen on bearing the office of Chief Minister of Maharashtra again. He also briefed that he had no idea on how the Congress Party and Sonia Gandhi are looking at the deadlock situation in Maharashtra.
After the state polls were declared on October 24, the BJP, which won 105 seats, and the Shiv Sena, which bagged 56 seats, are brooding over a tough tussle over partaking of the chief minister's post and ministerial portfolios in the new-fangled government. They won 161 seats together in the 288-member House, much above the halfway mark of 145.
Besides, the opposition NCP won 54 seats while the Congress got 44 seats.