BJP doesn’t have numbers, Ajit Pawar has only 10-11 MLAs: Sharad Pawar
Hours after BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister, NCP’s Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray put up a united front.
Reacting to the major shocker in Maharashtra politics which saw BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis take oath as Chief Minister at 8 am on Saturday, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackarey and NCP’s Sharad Pawar put up a united front at a press conference on Saturday afternoon. Sharad Pawar said that the NCP would never support a government formed by the BJP which indulges in horsetrading.
Here are the key takeaways from the press conference.
1. Sharad Pawar said that only 10 to 11 MLAs were there with Ajit Pawar, who was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister on Saturday morning. Three NCP MLAs who were also present at the press conference said that they received a call from Ajit Pawar around 7 am on Saturday and were told to come to the Raj Bhavan. They claimed they had no idea what this was for or that there was a swearing-in ceremony taking place.
2. The NCP Chief has alleged that at a meeting between the Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP on Friday, there was a paper on which all the MLAs had put down their signature. Ajit Pawar, the Legislature Party Leader of the NCP, used this paper to show the governor that he had the support of the MLAs, Sharad alleged.
3. “We very strongly say that BJP doesn't have numbers to form government in this state. We want government under Shiv Sena’s leadership and we are going to stay together for this,” Sharad Pawar said. He added that a true NCP MLA would never support the BJP-NCP alliance.
4. Accusing the BJP of repeatedly indulging in horsetrading to come seize power in multiple states, Sharad Pawar said, “NCP will never support such a government at the Centre or in the state.”
5. The NCP will take a decision on Ajit Pawar collectively. The disciplinary committee will also take action against the MLAs who participated in the swearing-in ceremony on Saturday.
6. Calling it a political strike on the people of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackarey, who was sharing the dias with Sharad Pawar, said, “This is a new kind of Hindutva that the country is seeing in so many years of governance.”
7. “This is a clear disrespect to the Constitution and mandate of the people of Maharashtra,” he added, assuring that the Shiv Sena and NCP will stay together and form the government.
8. Refusing to back down, both Uddhav and Sharad Pawar said they will form the government.
“It is straightforward. Once we prove our majority, we will form the government. We have the numbers,” Sharad Pawar said, responding to a reporter’s question.
9. Sharad Pawar also said he never expected this from Ajit Pawar. Sharad Pawar assured that the NCP’s disciplinary committee will take action against the MLAs who have taken part in the swearing-in ceremony on Saturday.
10. When asked if the NCP will be shifting its MLAs to a hotel or resort to keep the flock together, Sharad Pawar said, “We will see, we will do what it takes, if need be.”
On Saturday, the Maharashtra political crisis saw a major twist with the President’s rule being revoked, and BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Chief Minister of the state. NCP’s Ajit Pawar, nephew of Sharad Pawar was also sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister in this secretive ceremony.
The move came as a shock, and the opposition parties such as Shiv Sena and Congress condemned the move as undemocratic. In fact, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar also distanced himself from the events, calling Ajit’s decision to support the BJP a “personal” one, and not one reflective of the NCP. He added that the party did not endorse this decision, signalling a rift within the NCP.
Minutes after Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackarey’s press conference, the Congress also held one, addressed by Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Mallikarjun Kharge.
Reiterating Uddhav and Sharad’s assurances, Ahmed Patel said that the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena were all together and would form the government in Maharashtra.
Calling the events of Saturday morning ones that will be written in black in Maharashtra’s history, Ahmed alleged that due process was not followed by the governor.
He also dismissed allegations that Congress caused delays for the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance to stake claim to form the government. “Uddhav Thackarey called us on November 11, and we were here the next day,” Ahmed said. He added that the three parties were supposed to have a meeting on Saturday evening to finalise things.
The leader said that they were planning to oppose BJP and Ajit Pawar’s move politically, as well as legally.
PostedOn: 23 Nov 2019 Total Views: 352