Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday ruled out playing any role in the government formation in Maharashtra. “People have given us (NCP) the mandate to sit in the opposition and we are ready to play our role effectively,” he added. Pawar rules out the possibility of forming the government with Shiv Sena. Pawar said this following his meeting with the senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
Sharad Pawar, a four-time chief minister, has also said that the BJP and Shiv Sena should form the government in Maharashtra. Pawar said, “There is no other option other than this to avoid President’s rule.” The deadline to form the government is November 9, and if a new government is not formed before that, the President’s rule will get declared in Maharashtra.
Noting that the BJP and Shiv Sena have got the mandate to rule, he said, “They should form the government at the earliest and not allow the state to slip in a constitutional crisis. They should allow us to fulfill the mandate assigned to us by people.”
The term of the existing state Assembly expires on November 9. The BJP, which won 105 seats, and the Shiv Sena, which bagged 56 seats, have locked in a bitter tussle over sharing of the chief minister’s post and ministerial portfolios in the new government, even 13 days after the Assembly poll verdict handed them enough seats to cobble up a coalition government.