BJP, Sena may join hands for LS poll, but not for state: Pawar

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has pre­dicted that the BJP and the Shiv Sena may come to­gether for the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions, but not for the Assem­bly polls in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

Talk­ing to re­porters here Fri­day night, Pawar also ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of the two elec­tions be­ing held si­mul­ta­ne­ously, say­ing the “sit­u­a­tion has changed”.

The Cen­tre has been toy­ing with the idea of hold­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous elec­tions for quite some­time now.

Ear­lier this year, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had called for ‘wide­spread’ de­bate on hold­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous elec­tions to the Lok Sabha and state as­sem­blies say­ing it would re­sult in fi­nan­cial sav­ings.

“The BJP and the Shiv Sena may join hands for the Lok Sabha elec­tions, but may not come to­gether for the state Assem­bly polls,” Pawar said.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena, have been in a strained re­la­tion­ship de­spite shar­ing power at the Cen­tre and the state.

The Shiv Sena has al­ready an­nounced that it would go solo for the polls. The BJP, on the other hand, is eye­ing to forge an al­liance with the Sena for the up­com­ing elec­tions.

Ques­tion­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of EVMs, the NCP supremo called for the use of bal­lot pa­pers in the polls. He said the op­po­si­tion par­ties may meet within 15 days to dis­cuss the is­sue.

Pawar re­it­er­ated his de­mand for a Joint Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee (JPC) probe into the al­leged Rafale scam.

He re­called how the BJP, while in the op­po­si­tion in the 1980s, had de­manded a JPC to probe into the al­leged Bo­fors scam.

Ques­tion­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of EVMs, the NCP supremo called for the use of bal­lot pa­pers in the polls. He said the op­po­si­tion par­ties may meet within 15 days to dis­cuss the is­sue

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