Mumbai: The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Wednesday said that it would consider other alternatives to form the government in
Maharashtra only if the BJP-led government failed to prove its numbers on the floor of the house. Incidentally, the BJP is 40 seats’ short of the magic number —
145 — to form the government in Maharashtra.
Mumbai NCP president and chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “If the BJP fails to pass the floor test in the state Legislative Assembly and its government
collapses, the NCP will then contemplate other alternatives to form the government.”
The NCP held a meeting with its leaders including party chief Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil and Nawab Malik. Patil said that the people had given NCP the mandate to sit in the Opposition. “We have been asked to sit in the Opposition by the people and we will discharge that duty,” he said.
Former deputy chief minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar said that the NCP would point out the mistakes committed by the government.
“We will keep tabs if the government is working in the right direction,” Ajit Pawar said.