Maharashtra: Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress Hold First Joint Meeting, Common Minimum Programme Final Draft Sent to Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar And Uddhav Thackeray For Approval
Joint meeting of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena (Photo Credits: IANS)

Mumbai, November 14: Amid political impasse in Maharashtra, a draft for the Common Minimum Program (CMP) was prepared on Thursday in a meeting held between the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress leaders. The draft prepared will now be sent to Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar And Uddhav Thackeray for their approval. Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said that final decision would be taken by the high commands. Maharashtra Government Impasse: BJP Shuts Door on Shiv Sena, Ram Madhav Calls Sanjay Raut 'Uddhav Thackeray's Joseph Goebbels'.

The first tripartite meeting of the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress was held in two separate sessions in Mumbai today. Shinde and Subhash Desai represented the Shiv Sena in the meeting. The Congress was represented by former Chief Ministers Sushilkumar Shinde and Prithviraj Chavan, former state president Manikrao Thakre and former Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar.

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From the NCP’s side its state chief Jayant Patil, Mumbai President Nawab Malik and former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal were present. NCP chief Sharad Pawar is likely to meet Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi this weekend to firm up alliance talks with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. Uddhav Thackeray Didn't Meet Ahmed Patel, Talks on With Congress And NCP, Clarifies Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut.

In the 288-member assembly, the BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 105 seats, while its longtime ally, Shiv Sena bagged 56 seats. The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance was in a comfortable position to form the government. However, the Shiv Sena refused to support the BJP after the saffron party rejected the Thackeray-led party’s demand for equal power-sharing including the Chief Minister post for 2.5 years. The Shiv Sena then started other options including forming an alliance with the NCP and the Congress.

The state is under the President’s Rule since November 12 as no political party was able to form the government. After the imposition of the President’s Rule, the Shiv Sena has intensified its efforts to form the anti-BJP alliance.