BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday claimed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) wanted to join hands with his party two years ago and asserted this is not the time to talk about fall or change of government in Maharashtra which is battling the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing a press conference, the former Chief Minister claimed the Sharad Pawar-headed NCP wanted to be a part of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra two years ago.
The leader of opposition in the assembly said, "This is not the time to do any valuation of the government. This is the right time to raise questions (regarding the COVID-19 management), this is the time to point out shortcomings."
"But this is not the time to evaluate the government on the basis of its shortcomings. This is not the time to say change CM or there is no need of this government."
As the main opposition party, the BJP is highlighting shortcomings of the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP government, he said.
"All we need to see is how can the shortcomings can be removed and how can they be put forth before the government and that is what we are doing," said Mr Fadnavis.
To a question, he clarified that no new political equation is evolving in the state, where the BJP lost power late last year.
"There is no new equation. To change the government or (push for) fall of the government is not our agenda...everyone is seeing how the government is running and there is no need for me to see it differently," the former chief minister said.
Replying to a question regarding his interview to a Marathi news channel, Mr Fadnavis said the NCP wanted to join hands with the BJP in the state two years ago when he was the chief minister.
"They wanted to come with us two years ago. There were meetings in this regard but our senior leaders made it clear that the BJP will not sever ties with the Shiv Sena. So developments later hit a roadblock," he claimed.
Mr Fadnavis was here to review the COVID-19 situation in Pune city and the adjoining and Pimpri-Chinchwad. He said COVID-19 testing capacity needs to be ramped up in the city.