NCP chief Sharad Pawar Saturday said the decision taken by his nephew and party leader Ajit Pawar to join hands with the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra was ‘personal’. He added that the NCP does not support or endorse the decision.
‘Ajit Pawar’s decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his,’ Pawar tweeted.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister on Saturday along with Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar as the deputy chief minister.
The BJP staked claim to form the government on Saturday morning after which the governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the Centre to withdraw the rule in Maharashtra.
Until late last night the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena were holding talks to form the next government in Maharashtra. Ajit Pawar was present in this meeting. It was widely expected that the three parties will hold a press conference to announce the modalities of their government.
Sharad Pawar had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi day on Thursday for 40 minutes in Delhi.
‘There was a need to form a stable government in Maharashtra. I want to thank Ajit Pawar for giving us this support. Along with Pawar there are section of MLAs and other independent legislators who are supporting us. We will now prove our majority on the floor of the house,’ said Fadnavis after taking oath.
‘The mandate of the people was for BJP-Sena but since the latter insulted this mandate we took this decision,’ he said.