NCP leader Sharad Pawar's nephew and a leader, Ajit Pawar said that Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has called him.
But, he added that any decision regarding a partnership with Shiv Sena can only be taken by Sharad Pawar.
"I have received a message from Sanjay Raut a while ago. I was in a meeting so didn't respond. I don't know why he has messaged. Since the results this is the first time he has messaged me. I will call him in a while and talk to him," Ajit Pawar told reporters in the afternoon.
78-year-old Sharad Pawar is expected to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday. The move gains much anticipation after Sena editorial suggested the idea of an alternate combination that includes the NCP and the Congress.
In this morning's editorial in Saamna, the Sena had dared the BJP impose President's Rule in the state or prove its majority on the floor of the house. The BJP has won 105 seats and the Sena 56 in the 288-member house.
"If BJP fails to prove majority on the floor of the house, then Sena as the second largest party, will claim to form government," the editorial by Mr Raut had read. "With 54 MLAs of NCP, 44 Cong MLAs and few independents, we can reach majority.