NCP never discussed proposal to form government with Shiv Sena in 2014: Nawab Malik

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said that Shiv Sena and NCP had proposed to form a coalition government to keep Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming to power in Maharashtra in 2014.

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Maharashtra Minority Development Minister Nawab Malik on Monday refuted the claims of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) forming a coalition government with Shiv Sena after 2014 state assembly elections. 

Malik, a senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, said that the talks of forming an alliance government with Shiv Sena in 2014 were not held with his party but with Congress. 

Congress may have been in talks with Shiv Sena regarding the proposal to form a coalition government (after 2014 Maharashtra assembly elections) but NCP wasn’t involved. No such proposal was discussed with NCP,” Nawab Malik said. 

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said that Shiv Sena and NCP had proposed to form a coalition government to keep Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming to power in Maharashtra in 2014.

Congress, however, had immediately rejected the proposal during that time, Chavan said. 

In 2019, Shiv Sena’s 35-years of alliance with the BJP ended in Maharashtra after the formation of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena government in the state. 

Also Read - Shiv Sena Wanted To Form Government After 2014 Maharashtra Assembly Polls: Congress Leader Prithiviraj Chavan

Amid the political deadlock, after the state assembly polls held last year, Congress top leadership in Delhi was not ready to ally with Shiv Sena. However, Sonia Gandhi relented after NCP chief Sharad Pawar intervened.

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