The Congress Tuesday dismissed NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s claim that a senior Congress leader had approached the NCP with a proposal to jointly support a Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra.
“It is preposterous. The Congress Party has never in the past supported parties like the Shiv Sena and will never support it in the future,” Congress general secretary and head of its communication department Ajay Maken said.
Pawar had created flutter on Monday saying there was a proposal from the Congress for the formation of a Shiv Sena-led government with outside support of the Congress and the NCP. He added that the past record of the Congress showed governments supported by it from outside did not last long. Ajit Pawar later confirmed Pawar senior’s statement and identified the leader as a state-level player.
Maken said there are parties which have never remained out of power and may still like to be in power, but the Congress does not fall in that category. He said the Congress has bounced back after playing the role of a vigilant opposition in the past and “even now we intend to play this role.”
Sources in the Congress, however, said a state-level leader had, in fact, floated this idea of the NCP and the Congress backing a Sena government and approached some central leaders.