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Pawar hits out at Cong for 'failing' to form govt in Goa

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

chief today lashed out at the for "failing" to form a in Goa, saying his party voted for the in the vote as "action" was missing from the leadership to form a there.

He said it was possible for the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party with 16 seats in the Assembly, to form the and get a majority with support of the and other regional political parties.

Pawar said Churchill Alemao supported the to form the to avoid "re-election" to the state assembly.

The waited for three days when the question came for voting to form the The was eager to support the and it's expectation was that party should form the government, he said.

"It was possible to form the and get majority. There were some political parties and local parties ready to extend support. After waiting two or three days, there was no action from the side," he told reporters here.

"They (Congress) did not come forward or fulfil their responsibility. Otherwise ultimate result was re-and that situation we would not have supported," he said.

He was responding to questions at a press meet after his introductory remarks in which he flayed policies of the NDA at the Centre and various states on Ram Janmabhoomi issue and 'killing people in the name of cow protection'.

"Simple thing... Whether you want a or not," Pawar said when pointed out that the MLA's single vote was crucial for the for forming the in

The BJP-led alliance, headed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, was supported in the vote by 12 saffron party members, Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, (3 MLAs each), as many Independents and one from (Alemao).

Pawar, who was here to attend a convention organised by the NCP's minority cell, said a strong viable alternative to the was missing at the Centre and the was not in a position to take the "entire responsibility" to give a leadership role.

"It is unfortunate," he said when asked whether "a weak Congress" was in a position to offer leadership as a viable alternative to the at the Centre.

Pawar said he could not comment on other political parties. But now when the was gaining strength by the day and headed by it was using all its forces to strengthen their organisations and ideology, "it is the responsibility of other forces to provide a viable alternative," he said.

"One important thing which is missing today --one side definitely the is there and other side there is no strong viable alternative," he said.

He said the could of course take some initiatives, but one party as of today could not take the entire responsibility. So like-minded, secular and progressive forces have to come together and provide a viable alternative.

On the coming presidential polls and chances of him becoming a candidate for posts of President or Vice President with support, Pawar said the would only field persons who support them ideologically.

"President or Vice President... Let them decide. Let me say frankly, the will always try to select somebody who is ideologically supportive to them," he said.

On the Ayodhya issue, he said it is pending in the Supreme Court. "We have to wait for the Supreme Court decision," he said.

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 18:48 IST