No BJP-Sena truck for state polls: Pawar
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.