NCP won't support Fadnavis govt if Shiv Sena pulls out, says Sharad Pawar

Pawar said that in 2014 elections, his party had supported BJP since no party had a majority NCP did not want political instability.

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In the ongoing power struggle in Maharashtra ahead of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that it won't support CM Devendra Fadnavis government if Shiv Sena withdraws the support.

"We are willing to give a letter to the Governor, saying the Devendra Fadnavis Government will not have NCP's support if Shiv Sena withdraws from it. But Uddhav Thackeray should first give a letter to the Governor withdrawing support to the Fadnavis government and also make the letter public," Pawar said at a press conference.

He was replying to the questions on Uddhav's remark that he doesn't trust the NCP when it says it will not support the BJP government if Shiv Sena pulls out, Pawar said he does not require a certificate of trust from him.

Shiv Sena has snapped ties with BJP for the February 21 civic polls and Uddhav Thackeray said that he will take a decision on continuing in the Maharashtra government after election results are announced on February 23.

Pawar said that in 2014 elections, his party had supported BJP since no party had a majority NCP did not want political instability.  "The BJP had formed Government for the first time and people thought the party should be given a chance to perform. But after two years, people have realised that BJP is no good. Hence, there is no question of supporting the Government," Pawar said.

The former Union Minister claimed the BJP will not have an upper hand in the civic polls and alleged the central leadership of the party has been "plotting" to weaken the Shiv Sena.

Pawar said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' poll campaign is centred around personal attacks on Uddhav, "the Shiv Sena had to retaliate. If this continues and the Shiv Sena withdraws support, there will be mid-term polls. But, there is no clarity yet on the Shiv Sena stand."

Pawar said he had predicted two years ago that the Sena-BJP alliance will hit a rough patch during the Mumbai civic polls and "we are facing a similar situation now".

"NCP support is mostly among farmers, rural masses and Marathi-speaking people. In Mumbai, the Marathi space is already with the Shiv Sena. We need more time to create a space for ourself in the city," he added.

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