‘NCP not to back BJP government in Maharashtra if Sena pulls out’

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As Shiv Sena and BJP exchanged sharp words over the Delhi poll results, Sharad Pawar-led NCP said it will not extend support to the Devendra Fadnavis government if the former pulls out of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra.

If Sena withdraws from the government, the BJP government would be reduced to a minority. However, NCP will not extend support to it in such a scenario, party spokesman Nawab Malik said.

He described the Delhi Assembly poll result as a defeat of “arrogance of power”.

“The BJP-led Maharashtra government has failed to fulfill aspirations of farmers and the poor. People of the state want to get rid of this government. If Shiv Sena withdraws, NCP will help it to oust the government and it is ready to face fresh elections,” Malik said.

BJP and Sena have 121 and 63 MLAs respectively and their alliance enjoys comfortable majority in the 288-member Assembly.