Pawar is set to meet Sonia; Fadnavis may reach Delhi

Pawar is set to meet Sonia; Fadnavis may reach Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 3: Having failed to form government in Maharashtra after it won 105 seats in the 288-member state assembly polls, the BJP leaders may soon start key meetings in the national capital on Monday.

Sources said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to be in Delhi on Monday to meet party chief and Home Minister Amit Shah and other central leaders. BJP's oldest ally Shiv Sena, which picked up 56 seats in last month's polls, has continued to put pressure on its partner and has even mocked at Mr Fadnavis.

Sena has tried to reach out to NCP yet again with its leader Sanjay Raut texting a message - "Namaskar mi Sanjay Raut. Jai Maharashtra" to senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar. Divulging about the SMS, Ajit Pawar said, "Such SMS means I should call him. I will call".

NCP chief Sharad Pawar is likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday. Mr Pawar has held a meeting with Raut a few days back. The Congress has 44 legislators.
Talking to reporters in Aurangabad district, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray mocked Mr Fadnavis for his claims that he would return to power as the chief minister for another term.
"Me punha yein (I will be back)," Mr Thackeray remarked in reference to monsoon and said - "people are getting scared.''
This was targeting the Chief Minister. Of course, asked to clarify the latest position in terms of numbers and whether Sena will be able to head a coalition dispensation with support from NCP and Congress, Mr Thackeray said: "You will soon come to know if Sena will be in power".

Another NCP leader and former Deputy CM, Chhagan Bhujbal, also took a dig at Chief Minister and said like Gabbar Singh in 'Sholay', Mr Fadnavis is busy these days asking 'kitne aadmi they' (how many people were there). There is an urgency about forming the new government as the term of the state Assembly ends on November 9 and thus final decision ought to be taken by this coming Friday, November 8.

The NCP has reportedly demanded that Sena should get its Union Minister Arvind Sawant resign from the Modi government. (UNI)

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