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We will not destabilise the government in Maharashtra, says NCP

The party also said that it would not join the coalition government.

Updated:October 27, 2014, 12:21 PM IST
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We will not destabilise the government in Maharashtra, says NCP
The party also said that it would not join the coalition government.

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra on Monday told CNN-IBN that it did not intend to destabilise the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the state. The party also said that it would not join the coalition government.

Party spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the NCP will abstrain from voting in Legislative Assembly if a minority government headed by the BJP seeks trust vote. "If Shiv Sena joins the government, there will be no problem. We will not be part of the government but do not want to create instability by voting against a minority government. So NCP will abstain if there is voting," NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said.

NCP would like to honour the people's mandate which is in favour of BJP ,the single largest party, he said.

Seven independents and five MLAs from smaller parties will support the BJP government during the floor test taking the total strength to 134, ten short of the simple majority mark in the house of 288. There is one nominated member taking the total strength of the legislative assembly to 289.

NCP would like to honour the people's mandate which is in favour of BJP ,the single largest party, he said.

Seven independents and five MLAs from smaller parties will support the BJP government during the floor test taking the total strength to 134, ten short of the simple majority mark in the house of 288. There is one nominated member taking the total strength of the legislative assembly to 289.

In an interview to an English daily, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, "if situation warrants and there is voting in the assembly (for establishing majority) we will abstain."

"Numbers are such that we are compelled to do it, otherwise there will be no government in Maharashtra and within six months there will again be elections," he said in the interview.

(With inputs from PTI)

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