"Looking at the kind of support the BJP has garnered in the assembly elections, it is very clear that all like-minded parties need to come together (to face it)," said Pawar, who was here to inaugurate the NCP's new office.
"All the (non-BJP) parties need to introspect their shortcomings. To provide a strong alternative to the BJP, it is necessary that all the like-minded parties come together," he told the reporters.
Asked if any talk has been started for forging an anti-BJP grand alliance, he said he wasn't aware if it had been.
"It is a suggestion. As of now, no detailed discussion has been held.... If the NCP gets a proposal to be a part of such an alliance, we will respond positively," he said.
"Being such a big state, UP needs a leadership with a clear foresight to execute the developmental agenda. However, I am now worried about the people of UP as the new leadership might pay more attention to the 'mandir-masjid' issues rather than bringing real development," he said.
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