Sharad Pawar on Thursday spoke to the media amid the counting of votes for the Maharashtra assembly elections. With the Congress-National Congress Party alliance leading only in 98 seats as per latest trends, the NCP supremo denied that any possibility of an alliance with the Shiv Sena. He said that NCP policy was clear — that it would not ally with the Shiv Sena, even if the saffron party offers to have a coalition.
Sharad Pawar, when asked whether they have offered Shiv Sena the chief minister position in exchange for their support, saiud "We have not taken any decision about it. There is no proposal from our side. We will speak to all our partners in the coalition and give the people a new leadeship and a new country. We accept the mandate of the people to give us the position as the party in Opposition," he said.
Replying to a question about whether the Shiv Sena has proposed an alliance, Sharad Pawar declared, "Whether Shiv Sena offers to ally with us or not, our policy remains unchanged that we won't form an alliance with them."
Following the latest trends which shows the Congress-NCP alliance trailing behind the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition in most seats, Pawar spoke to the media. "I accept the mandate of the people. The Opposition has worked hard and all members of Congress-NCP and allies have delivered and given their best. I thank them all. One wins power comes, one loses power but it is important to remain committed to a cause and we thank people for the love they showed.
"One important thing to see is that people who left us, have not been accepted. Defections have not worked in favour of those who left. We will soon hold a meeting to discuss certain things about the elections, with our supporters and decide our future course of action. We have tried to perform to the best of our abilities."