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MVA alliance will contest next elections together: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

In an exclusive interview to 'Saamana', Pawar expressed confidence in the future of the Thackeray government and ruled out claims of any differences among the allies in Maharashtra.

MVA alliance will contest next elections together: NCP chief Sharad Pawar
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has expressed positive thoughts regarding the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra. He said that the Uddhav Thackeray government will complete its five-year term. 

In an exclusive interview to 'Saamana', Pawar expressed confidence in the future of the Thackeray government and ruled out claims of any differences among the allies in Maharashtra and also said that they will contest the next elections together. 

“If everything goes smoothly, the MVA alliance will contest the next elections together. I have confidence that the government will complete its five-years term,” the NCP chief said while adding that the 'Operation Lotus' will not be successful in Maharashtra. 

There are threats to the MVA government in Maharashtra with speculations that the government may get toppled in October this year as the BJP may initiate 'Operation Lotus' in the state amid reports of the political stir in Rajasthan. 

Pawar, however, said that Operation Lotus was an exercise to weaken the democratically elected government and will not succeed in Maharashtra. 

The Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance won the highest number of seats in the 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections. However, the alliance broke because of the tussle over power-sharing after which Sena joined hands with NCP and Congress to form the government. 

Although it has been nearly eight months of MVA-rule, the clashes between the allies have emerged on several aspects. Earlier, Congress raised the issue of being sidelined in the decision-making process. However, Pawar reiterated his confidence saying that MVA will finish its full-term. 

Pawar also revealed his conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. The NCP chief went to Delhi to meet PM Modi at his chambers in the Parliament and told him that his party will not join hands with BJP but will remain in the opposition if it doesn’t form a government with Sena. 

The former Union Minister said that the BJP had approached NCP to form government several times but the offer was rejected clearly by his party. On the contrary, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had claimed that Pawar was part of the discussion to form a government but backed out at last minute to join hands with Congress and Shiv Sena. 

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