The Shiv Sena will have to snap ties with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if it wants the support of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government in Maharashtra, party leader Nawab Malik said on Sunday. The NCP also demanded the resignation of the Shiv Sena ministers from the Union Cabinet.
The development came after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said it will not form the government in Maharashtra since it does not have the required numbers. After which, the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the Shiv Sena, the second-largest party, to stake claim to form the government
Speaking to news agency ANI, Nawab Malik said, “If Shiv Sena wants our support, they will have to declare that they have no relation with BJP and they should pull out from National Democratic Alliance (NDA). All their ministers will have to resign from Union Cabinet.”
The NCP leader also said that the party has called for a meeting of its MLAs on November 12.
Nawab Malik, NCP: We have called a meeting of our MLAs on Nov 12. If Shiv Sena wants our support,they will have to declare that they have no relation with BJP&they should pull out from National Democratic Alliance (NDA). All their ministers will have to resign from Union Cabinet. https://t.co/iABYpebRTU
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Nawab Malik also added that the NCP has not received any proposal from the Shiv Sena about supporting them to form the government in Maharashtra.
“Till now, we have not received any proposal from the Shiv Sena. The final decision will be taken by the Congress and the NCP together as declared by Sharad Pawar Sahab,” Nawab Malik said, “Unless it leaves the NDA, we will wait and watch the developments.”
“If the Sena comes with a proposal, there will be some conditions from our side on which Sena will have to agree on. Sena leader Sanjay Raut has been stressing on the party having the CM’s post. If they need the support of Congress and NCP, they will have to make their stand clear on sharing power [with BJP] in Delhi,” Nawab Malik said.
South Mumbai Sena Lok Sabha MP Arvind Sawant is a Union minister.
Speaking on the government formation impasse, Nawab Malik said, “We do not have enough numbers but we also do not want President’s rule in Maharashtra.”