Maharashtra Government On Weekend? Sena, NCP, Congress Hint: 10 Points
Here are the top 10 updates on Maharashtra government formation:
- "On Saturday, a letter signed by the MLAs of the three parties will be handed over to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari," Sanjay Raut told. Sources in the Sena and NCP added that "if all goes well, a swearing in ceremony will take place on Sunday or Monday."
- This morning, Congress president Sonia Gandhi met with the party's top decision-making body and was reportedly advised to go ahead with the alliance with the Shiv Sena despite her reservations. Sonia Gandhi was asked to consider the changed circumstances in Maharashtra after the Shiv Sena ended its alliance with the BJP and requested the Congress and NCP's support. The greater enemy, in order to fight communalism, is the BJP, the Congress chief was told.
- "I think tomorrow we will probably have a decision in Mumbai," said Congress leader KC Venugopal after the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC). Yesterday, the Congress said it is in talks to form a "stable government soon" in Maharashtra but indicated that kinks remain in a possible Sena-NCP-Congress alliance.
- "Some aspects of the alliance" were still to be discussed, said senior Congress leaders after a meeting with the NCP at its chief Sharad Pawar's home."There can't be any government in Maharashtra without the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. We are trying our best to resolve issues," said NCP leader Nawab Malik.
- Sources say the three parties have decided on a common agenda but haven't quite agreed on the terms of power-sharing, specifically, a plan for rotational chief ministership.
- Sanjay Raut said there was "no talk" of the chief minister's post being shared but added: "This won't be a big issue."The Sena has been desperately waiting for the NCP and Congress to make up their mind after ending its alliance with the BJP, a partner for over three decades, over a power tussle. The Sena insisted on rotational chief ministership and an equal share in ministries, which the BJP rejected.
- After sitting on the Shiv Sena's request for support for more than a week, the Congress met with the NCP on Wednesday, hours after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar fueled intense speculation. PM Modi's praise for NCP in parliament had also stirred the pot.
- The 45-minute PM-Pawar meeting delivered a pointed message to the Congress to quit stalling. Reports that the BJP is pursuing Mr Pawar's support - the NCP is only two seats behind the Shiv Sena and can help the BJP cross the majority mark in Maharashtra -- and that the President's post for the veteran is also on the table may have also galvanised the Congress.
- The parties are yet to finalise the formula, which broadly involves rotational chief ministership, two deputy chief ministers and a coordination committee to find common ground between the ideologically mismatched parties.The Shiv Sena may be asked to tone down its Hindutva rhetoric, which a red flag for the Congress and the reason why Sonia Gandhi's heart was not in such an alliance. On Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi was urged by Kerala ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) not to support the Sena.
- Maharashtra was placed under President's Rule last week after no party could produce letters of support to prove their majority.
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