“Floor Test Will Decide Who Has Majority”: Sharad Pawar On Maharashtra Political Crisis

Mumbai: Amid the Maharashtra political crisis, leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) arrived at the party chief Sharad Pawar’s residence for a high-level meeting on Thursday. As the numbers in the rebel camp steadily swelled on Thursday, the Shiv Sena made a new offer: We will discuss our exit from MVA as you wished, but you come down and discuss with Uddhav Thackeray. Eknath Shinde’s band of rebels didn’t seem too keen to take that offer. That rebel camp may reach the crucial number of 37 Sena MLAs – needed to beat the anti-defection law.

Following the same, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar today expressed confidence that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government would survive the storm unleashed by rebel MLA Eknath Shinde, who claims the support of over 40 MLAs.

“A floor test will decide who has majority,” Mr Pawar, whose Nationalist Congress Party, or MVA, is a Shiv Sena ally, told reporters this evening.

“Everyone knows how the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs were taken to Gujarat and then Assam (both BJP-ruled). We don’t have to take the names of all those assisting them…Assam government is helping them. I don’t need to take any names further,” Mr Pawar said.

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