“Mistake to form government with ShivSena”: Sanjay Nirupam cautions Congress

Earlier, Sanjay Nirupam had said that the situation in Maharashtra could soon have spiralled into a state of political instability.

Mumbai: As opposition parties in Maharashtra move towards government formation, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam cautioned his party against an aligning with ShivSena and later reasoned that it stands to lose its base if such a decision is taken could be a “mistake” which will finally benefit the BJP.

Responding to a question posed about the grand-old party regaining power in the state with a ShivSena tie-up Nirupam said, “As for temporary benefits, your thought process is correct but in the long run Congress party will lose its base if we go ahead with this formula. My fear is BJP will be benefited by our mistakes finally. So think about tomorrow, not today” he added.

Earlier, Sanjay Nirupam had said that the situation in Maharashtra could soon have spiralled into a state of political instability. “Get ready for early assembly elections. It might happen in 2020. Can we go to the elections with ShivSena as a partner?”.

The formation of government in the state of Maharashtra has proven to be a long and terse one following the disagreement between BJP and ShivSena together, who had ranked up the highest number of seats in the Assembly elections, over the power-sharing agreement. Yesterday Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the ShivSena to “indicate the willingness and ability” of the party to stake a claim after the BJP declined the same offer a day earlier.

The meeting sent the leaders in Sena, NCP and the Congress to decide their next moves. Congress leader Milind Deora even tweeted saying, “Maharashtra’s Governor should invite NCP-Congress, the second largest alliance to form the government now that the BJP-ShivSena has refused to do so.”

However, Nirupam contradicted his statement and tweeted, “it was impossible for Congress-NCP to form any government in Maharashtra in the current political arithmetic. For that, we need ShivSena. But we must not think of sharing power with ShivSena under any circumstances. That will be a disastrous move for the Congress party.”

Both the Congress and the NCP Know about horse poaching by the BJP. Congress has moved its MLAs to a resort in Jaipur in Rajasthan, a Congress-ruled state, while NCP has called its meet on November 12 that is tomorrow.

Top Sources said that various Congress MLAs have asserted that the party should consider extending support to the Sena, during a meeting held on Sunday in Jaipur in the presence of senior party leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge, the party in-charge of Maharashtra. Kharge was rushed to Jaipur by the Congress leadership to make sense of the MLAs.

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