Sharad Pawar asks NCP workers to get ready for snap polls in Maharashtra

NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Mumbai, Nov 18: With ongoing tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, the NCP cadres has been asked to get ready to face a mid term assembly elections in Maharashtra.

Addressing a two-day party meeting of the NCP worker at Alibaug in Raigad district, NCP president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday told his party workers to be prepared for snap polls in Maharashtra.

Considering the political situation after the recent state Assembly elections, Pawar said: “We have to be ready to face snap polls in Maharashtra.”

“Having a stable government in Maharashtra isn’t NCP’s responsibility,” said Pawar, whose party offered unconditional outside support to BJP the day election results were declared.

Pawar also alleged that some elements in BJP were behind the rise of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) party which won two seats in the recently held Assembly polls.

In the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, BJP has 121, Shiv Sena 63, Congress 42 and NCP 41 MLAs.

Last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis won a controversial confidence vote after NCP declared outside support to his minority government.

As the confidence motion was passed by a voice vote, there was an uproar by the Sena and the Congress, with the two parties petitioning Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to direct the government to seek a fresh vote in which its strength be determined through division of votes.

Meanwhile, NCP Legislature Party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, too, disapproved of the manner in which the motion was passed by voice vote.

Earlier, Sharad Pawar had said that he cannot guarantee the survival of the BJP government for its full five-year term.

(With Agency Inputs)

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