No BJP-Sena truck for state polls: Pawar

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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

Talk­ing to re­porters on Fri­day night, Pawar 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, PM Naren­dra Modi had called for a de­bate on hold­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ous elec­tions to the Lok Sabha and state as­sem­blies, say­ing it would re­sult in fi­nan­cial sav­ings.

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. “That de­mand was ful­filled then. There­fore, this de­mand can­not be ig­nored,” he said.

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