Cong-NCP to form govt in Maharashtra

Cong-NCP to form govt in Maharashtra


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.