Pawar again predicts mid-term polls in Maharashtra

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Wednesday again predicted possible mid-term assembly elections in Maharashtra.

Pawar said in Karad town in Satara that he foresaw the possibility after the scheduled elections to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation due by February 2017.

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The corporation is now controlled by the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party combine.

“After the BMC elections, if the assembly elections are held, I shall not be surprised if there is a change of government,” Pawar said.

BJP leader and Forests Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar dismissed Pawar’s views, and said that “whatever Pawar says, the opposite will happen”.

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“Our alliance government is stable and strong, and will continue for its full five-year term,” Mungantiwar asserted.

Soon after the Bihar election results emerged, Pawar had made a similar prediction, claiming if fresh polls were held in Maharashtra now, a similar situation could arise.

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Later, the Maratha strongman had said that if the Maharashtra government collapsed due to internal contradictions, the NCP would not prop it up.

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