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If Sena doesn't quit, it shows its lure for power: Pawar


Seizing on Shiv Sena’s decision to contest the civic polls solo, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar today said if that party still remains in the BJP-led government in Maharashtra that would only prove that it could do anything to cling to power.

“If Shiv Sena doesn’t quit the (state) government now, then the message it is conveying that it can do anything for power,” Pawar told reporters here on the sidelines of a programme.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam had last evening said that all Sena ministers, in both governments, should resign immediately as the “yuti” (alliance) between Sena and BJP has been called off.

To a question if his party will join hands with BJP in the event of Sena pulling out of the ministry, Pawar said such a decision can only be taken after discussions between both the sides.

Pawar, a recepient of Padma Vibhushan this year, slammed Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam over his allegation that the NCP and BJP have a ‘secret pact’ in the state.

“Nirupam has not done anything significant for Maharashtra…what has he done for the state? What importance should be given to his statements. There is no such secret pact of NCP and BJP,” Pawar said.

Meanwhile, Nirupam told

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