A day after the conclusion of elections in Maharashtra, the NCP on Friday hit out at chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for his comments that regional parties should be barred from contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
Chavan said there should be only two and three political parties at the national level.
"Regional parties are not allowed to contest national elections in Germany. Similarly, we must prohibit regional parties from contesting the Lok Sabha polls. Only then will the polity move towards a two or three-party system like the one that exists in the United States," Chavan is reported to have said at a media event.
Criticising Chavan, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the Constitution has given right to each person and parties to contest the elections.
"No one can make such an irresponsible statement. Regional parties send their members to Parliament to put forth the state issues in a strong manner," said Malik.
"If the ban is imposed on regional forces, then they will be deprived of getting an opportunity. The idea does not fit in the Indian politics. We do not expect such statements from Chief minister at least. If someone brings such type of the bill, then we will oppose it by tooth and nail," said Malik.