By indirectly helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government pass the trust vote test on Wednesday, the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) became the key gainer.
The NCP had decided to vote in favour of the ruling party in the trust vote on Wednesday. The party directed its MLAs to vote for the BJP, if the vote trust reached the stage of polling.
However, the BJP’s strategy of pushing through the trust vote kept the understanding between the two parties under the wraps, thus benefiting both of them.
“We had decided to vote in favour of the ruling party, instead of abstaining from voting. However, the last-minute management by the BJP made it easy for us. As we did not support the BJP, we will not be held guilty of having backed a communal party. At the same time, we can always keep the government under obligation for supporting it,” a senior party leader said, on condition of
He said it would be difficult for the BJP to face people as it will be always criticized for taking help from a party it called “corrupt” during campaigning.
The NCP leaders avoided direct answers when they were asked whether their party had voted in favour of the BJP on the floor of the assembly when the voice vote was passed.
“There was no question of voting as the poll did not take place. We had assured the people that we would ensure a stable government in the state and we kept our word. We ensured the government did not fall,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.
The NCP, however, tried to walk the tight rope by opposing the ruling party on certain issues. Party chief Sharad Pawar had made it clear, two days ago, that his support to the BJP would be for a stable government and they would continue to oppose it on certain issues.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday that his party has neither accepted the NCP’s support nor rejected it.
“We are committed to probe cases of corruption and financial irregularities of the ministers in the earlier government. Appropriate and legal action will be taken into it,” he said.