Mumbai, November 20: In an indication of forming government in Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP hinted that the possibility of NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena coming together is likely possible. However, the Congress remained non-committal as its leader Prithviraj Chauhan said after the NCP-Congress leaders meeting that, "Congress-NCP has had long and positive discussions today. Discussions will continue; I am sure we will be able to give a stable govt to Maharashtra very soon." However, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik, who was also part of the meeting, sounded positive and said that "Congress-NCP has had long and positive discussions today. Discussions will continue; I am sure we will be able to give a stable govt to Maharashtra very soon."
Earlier, a meeting of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders met on Wednesday. The meeting took place at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence in Delhi. Leaders from both parties were present including Pawar, Ahmed Patel, KC Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, Supriya Sule amongst others. Also, the senior Congress leaders met their party leaders from Maharashtra amid uncertainty over the government formation in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra came under President’s Rule after all the parties failed to form a government in the state. BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister’s post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.
Shiv Sena parted its ways with BJP only to explore ways to form a government. It, however, failed to prove the support of the required number of MLAs in the time given by Governor BS Koshyari.The Governor had then invited NCP, the third-largest party, to prove its ability to form the government failing which President’s Rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday. The Shiv Sena is now in parleys with the Congress and NCP to form a government in the state. The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44. (With ANI Inputs)