In a clear indication that the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress will form the government in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said they will ensure it will complete its tenure of five years.
“Right now there is a process going on and today or tomorrow the government will be formed. We will ensure that the government is there for five years. Our negotiations are going on,” Pawar said in a media interaction.
The veteran leader also said that President’s Rule would not continue for long and no or fresh elections will be held.
“The government would be stable, development-oriented, and that solves peoples’ problems. We all want this to be happening,” he added.
The Maratha strongman was in Nagpur to visit villages affected by unseasonal rains, which have destroyed crops. In the last two days, he has also interacted with farmers who have lost their crops due to natural calamity.
Sharad Pawar also indicated that they are considering the Shiv Sena’s demand for the chief minister position in the new government.“If someone is asking for the CM’s post then it would be considered,” the NCP chief said responding to a query.
Pawar also taunted former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for his statement that there will be no government besides the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) and even some other party comes to power, it will fail in six months.
“In my head, I keep hearing his earlier statement that ‘I will come back, I will come back’. I know him for a few years but I didn’t know he was an astrologer,” said the NCP supremo.
Responding to the Hindutva agenda of Shiv Sena, Pawar said that they are not against any religion.
“It is true that the NCP and Congress are secular but we are not against either Islam or Hinduism. When we run the government, we do insist that it should run on secularism,” Pawar said.
Maharashtra on Tuesday came under President’s rule after no party could show they had the required numbers to form a government, even after 19 days of the assembly polls.
The Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress are exploring possibilities of forming an unusual alliance to form the government in the state.