Calling the constant warnings from Shiv Sena to pull back support from Maharashtra Government as a mere 'threat', the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday took a swipe at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and said if he has the guts then his party should withdraw its support from the present Maharashtra Government.
"If Uddhav Thackeray has guts then they must ask their minister to resign and give a letter to Governor that Shiv Sena withdraws his support. NCP have a clear cut view that it will not support any party to form government in Maharashtra. We are ready for mid-term poll," NCP leader Nawab Malik told ANI.
Earlier with an eye on the Gujarati vote, Thackeray and Hardik Patel put up a joint show, with the Patidar leader endorsing the Shiv Sena's work in Mumbai and calling himself a fan of the late Bal Thackeray.
"Everyday threat given by Shiv Sena that they are going to quit the government, is just a threat and they don't have the guts, that is why they call Hardik Patel and load gun on his shoulder," Nawab said.
Patel, leader of Gujarat's Patel quota movement and a major critic of the Narendra Modi-led government, said the Sena is capable of heading into the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections by itself and does not need anyone's support.
After snapping ties with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for civic polls, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today hinted at pulling back support to the Devendra Fadanvis led government.
"People are looking for a change," said Thackeray.
A few days back Thackeray in a press conference had said that Maharashtra government is on notice period and his party members are ready with their resignations. This is the third time Shiv Sena has threatened to pull back support to BJP.