Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, lashing out at the NCP for the first time following the split, has alleged a “game plan” between the BJP and the Congress’ estranged partner.
Chavan also alleged that the NCP wants to be on the side of the ruling party at the centre.
In an interview to CNN IBN, Chavan alleged that the NCP and the BJP had a secret pact to topple the state government before the assembly elections: "A game plan was worked out between NCP and BJP to pull the plug of the state government. The Governor will then recommend President's Rule in the state," Chavan added.
President's rule was imposed Sunday in Maharashtra after President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation. On Saturday, the union cabinet held its emergency meeting to recommend the step.
In a no-holds-barred attack, the former Maharashtra CM also said, "NCP and BJP are not in a fight but in a friendly match. All regional parties always side with the ruling party at the Centre." He did not rule out the chance of NCP getting a ministerial berth after the elections.
Chavan, meanwhile, narrated behind-the-scene details of how the coalition collapsed. "The NCP demanded that the CM’s post be shared, according to which each party will have chief minister for two-and-half years. Earlier it was the party getting maximum number of seats that got the chief ministership. The dispute was about power, about chief ministership," he said.
He pointed out that earlier, there was never any discussion about seat sharing during alliance talks.