New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the deadlock over the government formation in Maharashtra continued, NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed about the political situation in the state.
“We will monitor the situation. Will hold talks with leaders of both the parties and discuss the future course of action,” Pawar told reporter after meeting Sonia Gandhi.
Pawar further said that the two leaders did not discussed government formation in the state adding that their talks was limited to the situation and numbers.
“We have to sort out few more things. Have not discussed forming an alliance with any party as yet,” he said.
“We also have to hold discussions with smaller parties who extended their support to us during state polls,” he added.
About the Shiv Sena’s claim to have 170 MLAs’ support, Pawar said, “I don't know about this 170 figure. You should have asked them (Shiv Sena)”.
The NCP is in talks with the Congress for an alliance with the Shiv Sena, after the Sena's alliance with the BJP fell apart over the chief minister's post, which eventually led to the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state.
The NCP and the Congress have worked out a 40-point common minimum programme with the Sena for government formation. Some reports suggest that the trio have agreed upon a 16-14-12 formula with the Sena insisting on a full-term CM post along with 16 ministerial berths while the NCP will get 14 ministerial berths and Congress 12, with one deputy chief minister from both the parties.
Meanwhile, amid the deadlock in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised that NCP for “adhering to parliamentary norms.”
PM Modi said the NCP, along with the BJD, has wonderfully adhered to parliamentary norms by not entering the Well of the House.
“Yet they have made their points effectively. Much can be learnt from this ... people's hearts can be won even without rushing to the Well,” he said.
Since Tuesday, Maharashtra has been under President's rule after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari submitted a report to the Centre and said that none of the parties expressed willingness to for government in the state.
In the recently concluded assembly elections in the state, the BJP won 105 seats, the Shiv Sena won 56 while the Congress and the NCP won 44 and 54 seats respectively.
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