National Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said that he was keen to see the skills of Amit Shah in Maharashtra to from a government.
While addressing the press after his second meeting with Raut, Sharad Pawar replied to a question: “Shah is known for his skills to form the government in states where the BJP doesn’t always have numbers. I’m keen to see his skills in Maharashtra.”
Sharad Pawar snubbed Sanjay Raut for his “confidence” that the Shiv Sena had the support of 175 MLAs, saying he too wanted to see how the Uddhav Thackeray-led party cobbled together the numbers.
Pawar asked the BJP and Sena to form the government in Maharashtra at the earliest, and asserted that the NCP and Congress will work as a "responsible opposition". The NCP leader also ruled out joining the Sena in government with the outside support of the Congress.
"Where is the question?" he asked, saying the BJP and Shiv Sena have been in alliance for 25 years, and they "will come together sooner or later". "If we had the numbers, we wouldn't have waited for anyone. The Congress and NCP didn't cross the 100 mark...we will work as a responsible opposition," Pawar said.
Noting that the BJP and Shiv Sena have got the mandate to rule, he said, "They should form the government at the earliest and not allow the state to slip in a constitutional crisis. They should allow us to fulfill the mandate assigned to us by people."
On his discussion with Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the issue of supporting Shiv Sena, he said, "The Congress and NCP fought the election in alliance. We want all decisions about the political situation to be taken by consensus. I am not aware of the decision of the Congress."
Pawar also dismissed speculations that he may return as the state's chief minister. "I have been the chief minister four times and have no interest again," he said.
Asked about senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s meeting with Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Wednesday, Pawar said, "It must be about some road work."