The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance in the state was not on firm ground.
Addressing a press conference in the city, BJP national spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress-NCP partnership was shaky.
“Sharad Pawar may not accept Manmohan Singh as prime minister,” said Prasad. “Let the Congress clarify that Manmohan Singh will be the PM (prime minister) in future. Their banners show Sonia Gandhi first, Rahul Gandhi next and then Manmohan Singh.”
Prasad refused to comment on Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray’s statements on Singh, but said Singh was a weak PM.
“He is not even called for campaigning,” he said.
He said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was disintegrating.
“Apart from an alliance in Bengal and a shaky understanding in Maharashtra, the UPA has no alliances,” said Prasad.
The BJP leader said running a coalition was “not in the Congress’ DNA”.
He said that in the age of coalitions, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was a credible alternative.
“Our alliances are time-tested,” he said. “We will form a stable government.”
He said the Biju Janta Dal was the only ally that had left the NDA in recent times and that the Trinamool Congress had left the NDA three years ago.
He also criticised the Third Front, saying its maximum tenure in the past had been a year, and he demanded that it declare its prime ministerial candidate.
He added that though the BJP was not talking to any of the members of the Third Front, anybody could approach the BJP after the elections.