A day after his remarks about snap polls in Maharashtra created ripples, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said it was not his intention to topple the Devendra Fandnavis-led BJP government in the state.
“We don’t have any interest in toppling this government,” Pawar said, addressing the concluding function of the two-day conclave of senior NCP leaders which began at this coastal town yesterday.
“I did not speak anything different than what I said earlier that we don’t have any interest in pulling down the government. But if Maharashtra’s interests are not being protected, any party will take a stance,” Pawar said.
“But this does not mean that we are out to pull down the government,” he said.
“We can be emphatic if the state government is not taking the right decision or if a le
gislation is not agreeable,” he said.
“But the picture painted after my yesterday’s speech is exaggerated. We have been given a mandate to sit in opposition. We are ready to take to the streets for any issue which is in the interest of people,” he said.
But this does not mean that we want to create instability.
Pawar said there should be a family-like atmosphere and internal communication within NCP.
“I appeal to you to build the party through membership
drive and make serious efforts to take all sections of society
with us,” Pawar said.
Pawar ridiculed “experts” on TV debates, saying “there are the same four-five faces who speak on every topic.”
Citing TV debates on his remarks on snap polls yesterday, he said “the propaganda that we want to topple this government in wrong.”