We contested together and are together, says Ajit Pawar as NCP awaits Congress response 

File photo of Ajit Pawar.  Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Nov 12, 2019, 10.19 AM (IST)

A day after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari invited the third-largest party Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the state to stake claim to form the government after Shiv Sena failed to submit a letter of support, NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Monday said that his party was waiting for Congress response.

''Whatever decision will be taken collectively, so we were waiting for Congress response yesterday but it didn't come, we can't decide on it alone. There is no misunderstanding, we contested together and are together. 

When asked about forming the government, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said, ''I will talk to the Congress''. 

Meanwhile, Congress leader Kagda Chandya Padvi express confidence that Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP parties will form the government in the state and a Shiv Sena leader will be the chief minister.

''Process is still underway, but the end result will be positive. Personally, I think the three (Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP) parties will form the government in the state and a Shiv Sena leader will be the chief minister,'' Padvi said. 

After BJP, which gained 105 seats in the Assembly polls, failed to form the government, Shiv Sena was asked to form the government. Shiv Sena asked the governor two-days to for submitting 'requisite' letters of support from other political parties. However, the governor refused. Following which, the governor asked NCP to form the government.

The NCP has 54 MLAs while its alliance partner Congress has 44. If Shiv Sena, which had 56 legislators, gets the support of NCP and Congress, it will easily cross the majority mark of 145 in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly. 

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When asked about forming the government, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said, ''I will talk to the Congress''.