The failure of talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena will make the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which has 41 MLAs, the biggest gainer, helping it dictate terms on key fronts such as probe into allegations against its former ministers and implementation of policies in favour of the NCP.
Reiterating that the NCP will support the BJP for a stable government in the state, party head Sharad Pawar had hinted that the latter should adopt a realistic approach while running the government. Pawar had also cited examples of former governments led by PV Narasimha Rao in the early 1990s and Atal Bihari Vajpayee government a decade ago. He said running a minority government is a skill and change in approach could help the Devendra Fadnavis government complete five years.
Though Pawar claims he is not worried about corruption cases against party leaders, the two parties seem to have reached a tacit understanding on the issue. NCP’s key leaders, including Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare, Chhagan Bhujbal, face corruption cases. By obliging the BJP with support, the NCP may force the government to slow down on the action against its leaders.
According to observers, Pawar’s comment on approach is in relation to corruption cases.
The top leadership of the BJP is reportedly of the opinion that Pawar’s party may help it in achieving its aim of uprooting the Congress in the state. The NCP may also seek BJP’s support to claim the post of the leader of Opposition or chairman in the legislative council.
The NCP has highest number of members (28) in the council. With the support from 9 BJP members in the council, the NCP will be in a position to get the coveted post. Pawar has clarified that his party will oppose the government on certain issues.