Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday took a swipe at BJP saying that people did not like the arrogance of power as the ruling BJP and its ally Shiv Sena looked set to win but well short of their target of 220 seats. ’’Power comes, power goes but it is important to remain committed to a cause, Pawar told reporters after the poll trends.

Pawar, whose party has improved its tally comparing to 2014 election, ruled out possibility of supporting Shiv Sena and said that his party has accepted people’s mandate. However, he also said people had asked his party to remain in opposition. “We will be thinking about taking a new leadership ahead. People have asked us to sit in opposition and we accept that,’’Pawar said.

The veteran also said “defections had not been accepted by people, with some exceptions,” in a dig at leaders who quit the party and crossed over to the BJP and Shiv Sena before the election.

“No decision has been taken.There is no such proposal either,” Pawar said when repeatedly asked about the possibility of his party supporting the Sena. He said the mandate was for his party to be in opposition, not to form government.

Pawar, who took on BJP single handedly, said the opposition has worked hard and all members of Congress and NCP and allies  have delivered and given their best. ‘’In thank them all. We thank people for the love they showed,’’ he noted.