Ahead of the trust vote in Maharashtra, NCP president Sharad Pawar Monday once again declared his party’s issue-based support for the minority government of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis even as he slammed the Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray for displaying political myopia, and lacking in maturity needed in a democratic set-up.
The NCP’s criticism, on the other hand, appears to have served only to increase the uncertainty in the Shiv Sena. The NCP has been showing willingness to offer “inside or outside” support to the BJP, as the situation may warrant. The vote of confidence is on November 12.
With Pawar declaring unconditional support to BJP, which is short of majority in the state, new permutations and combinations have emerged. Pawar’s attack on Thackeray’s leadership served to goad the Sena to reopen talks with the BJP, in an apparent bid to corner the NCP.
Pawar, meanwhile, appears to have maintained the relevance of his party despite being relegated to the fourth place having won only 41 of the 288 seats in the Assembly.
On the other hand, Fadnavis appeared “confident” about his government winning the trust vote even as the BJP central and state leaders have not commented on NCP’s offer. In a candid admission, Pawar said, “I must declare that nobody from the BJP sought my party’s support for the Maharashtra government. The decision to support was to ensure political stability.”
NCP made it obvious it will not go against BJP during the trust vote. It is believed that the party may either abstain, or even consider voting in BJP’s favour, if Shiv Sena refuses support.
Stressing that the party’s support is unconditional, Pawar said, “Our support would be issue based. And we will continue to play the role of opposition in the state Assembly.”
“In a democratic system or legislature, individuals have to exercise their vote on issues on the floor of the House. It is not a question of giving or taking anybody’s support,” Pawar said attacking Thackeray for questioning the BJP over NCP’s offer.