Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar will meet today to explore the feasibility of forming a coalition government with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. More than 24 days of counting state sill waiting for a government
Mr Pawar on Saturday said the three parties will form government and complete a full term. senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had said discussion over government formation would be taken forward at a meeting between Mr Pawar and Mrs Gandhi.
NCP’s senior leaders on Sunday met in Mumbai and discussed government formation.
“We had a discussion over the current political situation in the state, and we have come to the conclusion that the President’s rule should end and an alternative government should be formed,” NCP leader Nawab Malik said .
“Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi will meet on Monday and discuss the possibility of the formation of an alternative government in Maharashtra,” he added.
A meeting between the Congress and Shiv Sena leaders will also take place, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan informed on Sunday. “We will find out if we can go ahead or not,” he said.
The Shiv Sena and BJP had contested the Maharashtra Assembly election as allies and won a comfortable majority. On the day of the election results, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had reminded BJP president Amit Shah of his “50:50” promise.
Meanwhile The Shiv Sena took potshots to Bharatiya Janata Party, and said Chhatrapati Shivaji was not the property of any party but belonged to all Maharashtrians. The BJP’s campaign had focussed on the Maratha king, which some political observers saw as trying to the legacy.