“We are currently in a wait-and-watch mode and are keeping a close watch on the further developments. After coming to know about the split, I spoke to NCP state president Jayant Patil but he did not give much clarity on the issue. It is their (NCP’s) internal matter and we at the state level cannot say much about it. Our high command will take a call on it,” Patole told TOI.
The Congress, along with NCP and Shiv Sena (UBT) constitute the Maha Vikas Agadhi (MVA).
Patole said that it will be good for the alliance if the NCP stays with it. “But a call on this must be taken by NCP chief Sharad Pawar and the MLAs who are still in his support. However, a decision on the alliance can be taken only after Sharad Pawar makes his stand clear.
The Maharashtra Congress chief also slammed the BJP and alleged that they had engineered the split in the NCP. “This dirty politics of the BJP began with Shinde and it still continues. The BJP’s moves to split parties is evidence that the state government is not stable.
Former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, reacting to the development, said the party would wait for some time.