Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: As the impasse in government formation in Maharashtra entered the 20th day, the Congress and the NCP decided to form a committee to finalise the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to form an alliance with the Shiv Sena. The Congress committee includes Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Manikrao Thakre, Balasaheb Thorat and Vijay Wadettiwar while the NCP committee includes Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Dhananjay Munde and Nawab Malik.

The Congress leaders also met Uddhav Thackeray at a suburban hotel to discuss the modalities of the CMP. 

This comes a day after President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra on Tuesday evening after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in his report to the Centre that no political party has been able to form a government after the Assembly polls last month.

The panel is being formed after senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel and NCP chief Sharad Pawar met on Tuesday and expressed the need to have a CMP before working out the possibility of tying-up with the Shiv Sena.

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“As far as discussions on Shiv Sena goes, we'll do that only after discussing with alliance partners as we had a common manifesto. Shiv Sena's manifesto was different, so we'll have an understanding with Congress first&then go ahead with discussions on Shiv Sena,” said NCP’s Ajit Pawar.

Congress’ AICC general secretary Avinash Pande also said that the party will play its ‘role’ in the government formation with the Shiv Sena and the NCP while maintaining its core principles and values and on the basis of the CMP.

“People in Maharashtra have given a fractured mandate and a coalition government is needed there. We have held discussions on how the Congress can play its role in the government formation,” news agency PTI quoted him as saying.

“It was discussed in the Congress working committee in Delhi, where the party leaders apprised Congress president Sonia Gandhi of their views and newly elected MLAs' suggestions. It was decided that the Congress, while maintaining its core values and principles, will support the government formation in Maharashtra to keep the BJP away,” he added.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut -- who was discharged from Lilavati hospital today – said that the next Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be from the Shiv Sena. He also tweeted the word ‘agneepath’ three times to indicate the difficult path ahead for his party in its efforts to form government in Maharashtra with the Congress and NCP which were Sena’s political rivals till recently.

The Shiv Sena had contested the recently concluded Assembly polls in Maharashtra in an alliance with the BJP but the two parties fell out over the former's demand of sharing the chief minister's post on rotational basis.

And now, with the President’s rule in Maharashtra, the Congress and the NCP holds the key for government formation in the state.

In the last month's polls to 288-member state Assembly, the BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the state after it won 105 seats while the Shiv Sena won 56. The NCP and the Congress won 54 and 44 seats respectively.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma