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Sharad Pawar said BJP, Shiv Sena should form govt: RPI chief

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Published : Nov 9, 2019, 2:16 am IST
Updated : Nov 9, 2019, 2:16 am IST

RPI leader Ramdas Athawale and Sena leader Sanjay Raut were among those who met Mr Pawar on Friday.

Thorat, Chavan and Shinde outside Silver Oak. (Photo: AA)
 Thorat, Chavan and Shinde outside Silver Oak. (Photo: AA)

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s residence has become a hotbed of political activity, with leaders of various parties making a beeline for it.

RPI leader Ramdas Athawale and Sena leader Sanjay Raut were among those who met Mr Pawar on Friday.

While what transpired in the meeting with Mr Raut is unclear, Mr Athawale, who is an alliance partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that he met Mr Pawar to seek his advice to resolve the current political crisis in the state.

Mr Athawale said that despite their political differences, he shares a close relationship with Mr Pawar for many years.

“I came to take Mr Pawar’s advice to resolve the current political problems. Mr Pawar's opinion is that the Shiv Sena and BJP should form the government. Mr Pawar asked me to advise the two parties to form the government,” Mr Athawale said.

Mr Pawar said he did not know why governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wasn’t inviting the BJP, which had emerged as the single largest party, to stake claim to form the government.

Following the meeting with Mr Athawale, the NCP chief suggested that the BJP and Sena respect the mandate given to them by the people.

Mr Pawar said, “Such a situation should not prevail in a state like Maharashtra. Mr Athawale asked for advice. We have consensus that the people have given the BJP and Sena a clear-cut mandate.”

For how long can the President or governor wait, he asked. The BJP and Sena will have to take some decision soon, he added.

Late evening Friday, a delegation of Congress leaders including Sushil Kumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan headed by state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat, too, met Mr Pawar at the latter’s home Silver Oak.

In the recent Assembly elections, the BJP won 105 seats, the Sena 56 seats, the NCP 54, and the Congress 44 in the 288-member Lower House.

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