BJP welcomes Pawar's announcement to sit in Opposition

The BJP welcomed NCP president Sharad Pawar's statement that his party would sit in opposition, which on the face of it denies the BJP's warring ally Shiv Sena any extra leverage amidst the tussle over formation of government in Maharashtra.

Earlier in the day, Pawar told that a BJP-Sena government was the only viable option in the state in the given scenario.

After meeting senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut, the NCP chief ruled out joining the Uddhav Thackeray-led party in new government with the outside support of the Congress.

"I welcome Pawar's decision that the NCP would sit in opposition," said senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar who holds Finance portfolio in the outgoing government.

As the deadlock over formation of government continued even 13 days after the assembly poll verdict, rumours are doing rounds that the NCP might support the Sena in forming a government while the Congress would either abstain or support from outside.

The stand-off continued as both the Sena and the BJP are not willing to let go their claims on the post of chief minister in new government which has to be put in place before November 9, when the term of the current Legislative Assembly comes to end.