Cong, NCP agree to form Govt with Sena in Maha, crucial talk tomorrow in Mumbai

Cong, NCP agree to form Govt with Sena in Maha, crucial talk tomorrow in Mumbai

Agency News

New Delhi, Nov 21: After a month long confusion and uncertainties over the government formation in Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP, on Thursday, decided to form the government together with the Shiv Sena and the announcement is likely to be made in Mumbai tomorrow.

The leaders of the Congress, NCP will meet the Sena leadership tomorrow evening and finalise the alliance and according to leaders, the government may also be formed this month itself.

This decision was taken after the marathon meetings of senior leaders of the Congress and the NCP at latter's chief Sharad Pawar's residence in National Capital.

Following yesterday's three-hour long meeting, the leaders, attended by Congress's Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, KC Venugopal, Balasaheb Thorat and Prithviraj Chavan and NCP's Praful Patel, Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule and Nawab Malik and others, had met today and took the decision.

"Today's Congress and NCP meeting is done in Delhi and we are ironing out the details. Congress and NCP have completed discussions on all issues. There is complete unanimity. All opinions have been taken," said Chavan and Malik after the meeting.

They have also said that they will meet their 'other alliance parties' tomorrow in Mumbai.

"After our meeting in Mumbai, if everything works fine between all the parties then later in the day, we will have a discussion with Shiv Sena. We will then hold a press conference and give the exact details on the power-sharing formula and other elements of the government formation in the state", added Mr Chavan.

Mr Chavan, however, did not respond to the question on the Chief Minister post, but said everything will be clear by tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, the Congress Working Committee was convened that discussed the outcome of yesterday's meeting.

It is learnt that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has given her approval to go for the alliance with their rival Sena.

According to party sources, both the Congress and NCP have agreed a Sena Chief Minister, though, the NCP would demand on rotating the post after two and a half years.

"These issues also will be sorted out tomorrow", the leader said.

After the October 21 assembly elections, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats and its alliance partner Sena got 56. The NCP won 54 and the Congress 44.

The BJP, however, declined to form the government after Sena insisted an equal power sharing including the rotating Chief Ministership.

Maharashtra is under President's rule since November 12. (UNI)