Social Democratic Party (SDP) Presidency member Pedja Grbin on Thursday dismissed the possibility of a "big coalition" with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and accused Tihomir Oreskovic's caretaker cabinet of breaching the constitution and the law.

"We rill run in the election with our people," he said in response to questions from the press. He also said the SDP was talking with the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) with a view to its joining an SDP-led coalition.

Asked if the SDP would change its election strategy if Andrej Plenkovic was elected HDZ president, Grbin said: "The SDP is preparing its election platform for Croatian citizens... and in that context other parties' platforms don't interest us at all."

Since public opinion polls show that no party will be able to form the next government alone after an upcoming early parliamentary election and that post-election coalitions will be necessary, reporters asked Grbin if the SDP was willing to "sacrifice" its leader, Zoran Milanovic, given Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov's claims that he will not form a coalition with the SDP as long as it is led by Milanovic. He said the SDP did not comment on polls and would not comment on Petrov's claims.

Grbin went on to say that the government, which was given a vote of no confidence on June 16, breached the constitution by not resigning immediately after that as well as the Government Act because Sports Minister Predrag Sustar had initiated amendments to the Sports Act.

He said the caretaker government had cancelled employment incentives and was appointing executives in public companies, which it is not allowed to do.

Speaking at the same press conference, Mihael Zmajlovic, the environment minister in the previous SDP-led government, criticised the caretaker cabinet for launching amendments to the Waste Management Plan and for failing to meet conditions by today for drawing HRK 6.8 billion from the Cohesion and Competitiveness Operational Programme.

Zmajlovic said the caretaker cabinet was pushing the adoption of a new Waste Management Plan in contravention of the Access to Information Act, the Environmental Protection Act and the Aarhus Convention.

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