The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) have agreed in principle to form an alternative government in Maharashtra, the NCP leader, Nawab Malik, said on Wednesday—indicating that the parties were a step closer to closing a deal with the Shiv Sena.
'A stable government cannot be formed without three parties coming together—Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena. There would be a stable government in the state,' Mr. Malik told the press after a meeting that the Congress and NCP leaders held at Mr. Sharad Pawar's residence in the national capital.
The Congress leader, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, said talks would continue. 'Congress-NCP had long and positive discussions today. Discussions will continue. I am sure we will be able to give a stable government to Maharashtra very soon,' he said.
Both leaders said the current spell of President's rule has brought administration to a standstill, and they were confident of ending this.