After the Governor recommended President's rule in Maharashtra, NCP leader Nawab Malik held a press conference and said the party will take a decision after discussions with Congress. The leader also said there can be no stable Government in Maharashtra unless the three parties (Shiv Sena, BJP and NCP) come together.
Nawab Malik said Congress leaders will meet NCP President Sharad Pawar and hold a meeting. He said a decision will be taken after the meeting.
"Governor called us to stake claim yesterday & gave us time till 8:30 pm today. Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal are coming to Mumbai & will meet Sharad Pawar at 5 pm. A decision will be taken after their discussion," he said.
The leader said without the NCP, Shiv Sena and BJP coming together, there cannot be a stable Government in the sate. "The party believes that it is not possible to form an alternative govt without the coming together of the three parties. If the three don't come together, there cannot be a stable govt in Maharashtra," he said.
The NCP leader said, that a meeting with 54 MLAs of the NCP was held on Tuesday which decided a committee will be formed to take a decision led by party president Sharad Pawar.
"Today NCP meeting was held. All 54 MLAs were present. It has been decided that looking at the uncertainty in the state, we'll empower Sharad Pawar to take a decision on alternative govt. A committee will be formed for the same which will be led by Sharad Pawar," he said.
After the Governor in a letter recommended President's rule for the state, PM Modi-led Cabinet meeting too gave a nod to the proposal. Following the move, Shiv Sena has moved to the Supreme court alleging sufficient time wasn't give to them to make a decision. The Shiv Sena filed an official petition to the Supreme Court stating that the Maharashtra government did not give them the appropriate time to allow them to form a government. In the letter, they compared to the time that was allotted to the BJP by the Governor to stake a claim. Earlier on Tuesday, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, on Tuesday claimed that Congress' delay was responsible for NCP unable to support Shiv Sena, talking to reporters in Mumbai. He added that any decision will be taken together by NCP-Congress jointly.