Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Monday gathered for a 'show of strength' in Mumbai's Hotel Grand Hyatt where the MLAs of the alliance held banners of 'we are 162' and pledged loyalty to their respective parties. Several top leaders -- including Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Ashok Chavan -- were present at the gathering.
Addressing the gathering, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to try and break them and asked them to "make way" for the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance to rule Maharashtra.
"The more you try to break us, the stronger we will get," said Thackeray at the gathering.
"Our fight is not just for power, our fight is for 'Satyamev Jayate'. The more you try to break us, the more we will unite," he added.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who was also present, said BJP misused power to grab power even in states where voters hadn't given their mandate to it.
Congress leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was also present at the gathering, said, "We are more than 162, not just 162. We all will be a part of the government. I thank Sonia Gandhi who allowed for this alliance to stop BJP."
He added that the governor should invite the combine to form government in the state.
Locked in a protracted power tussle with the BJP in Maharashtra, the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress has decided to "parade" 162 MLAs in the Mumbai five- star hotel on Monday evening in a show of united strength.
The move was announced hours after the leaders of the three parties submitted a letter to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari claiming that they have the requisite numbers to form government.
(With PTI inputs)
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