Senior party leader and Union Minister Praful Patel said the people's mandate has to be respected as the country has to move forward.
    
"Call it the exit polls or the opinion polls, this is the general view that BJP will emerge as the single largest party," he told reporters here while assessing the possible outcome of the Lok Sabha elections.
    
"The question is how close they are able to come to the halfway mark or if they want any ally, all this will become clear on May 16. But the government should be stable. A stable and good government is good for the country," he said.
    
Asked if his party would support NDA if it falls short of the half-way mark of 272 seats, Patel said no conjecture should be drawn against NCP or it taking any sides.     

"We are not looking at any particular position. We are a part of UPA. Let's not draw a particular conjecture. It's important that people's mandate has to be respected, whatever it may be. We had a mandate for 10 years, we have done whatever we could in the best interest of the country.
    
"Therefore in the coming five years, whatever the results, it should lead to a stable government which could decisively govern for the next five years," the outgoing Union Minister said.
    
On NCP's role, he said the party has, throughout in the last 15 years of its existence, behaved and acted as a responsible political party.

(Agencies)

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