Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson and newly elected MLA from Anushakti Nagar, revealed on Monday that his party would hold discussions internally as well as with Congress and take a final decision on government formation on Tuesday. His reaction came after NCP was invited to form the government as the third-largest party following the Governor’s refusal to extend the time for Shiv Sena to furnish letters of support. Malik explained the sequence of events and observed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had also spoken to NCP chief Sharad Pawar. While he avoided commenting directly on supporting the Sena, he opined that the time limit was insufficient to garner the formal consent of all the MLAs.
Malik remarked, “It has been almost 18 days since the declaration of Maharashtra election results. It was necessary to form the government in this state. After people gave the mandate to the Mahayuti, there was a dispute between the BJP and Shiv Sena over the CM’s post. And BJP declined to form the government. Thereafter, the Honourable Governor had invited Shiv Sena and had given them the time of 24 hours. From the morning, NCP leaders held two-four meetings and the Congress Working Committee also held its meeting. Again, it met and discussed the situation with Maharashtra leaders. Sonia Gandhiji spoke to Pawar Saheb. And they have taken a decision that we will hold more discussions. In the meanwhile, Shiv Sena staked claim to form the government. They requested the Governor to give an extension in the time limit. It was not possible to gather all the MLAs within the time limit. Also, the decision of the Congress was to hold talks with us. The Governor has invited us as the third-largest party. Our leaders have gone to meet the Governor. After receiving the letter, we will talk to Congress as well. We will discuss how this government can be formed. And, tomorrow all the leaders are going to meet again. We will inform you whatever decision is taken.”