Maharashtra Impasse | Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi to meet on Sunday to discuss alliance with Shiv Sena
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar will meet each other on Sunday to discuss the "next course of action" on forming a coalition government with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, said senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday evening.
“Congress alone can't decide things. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and AICC president Sonia Gandhi will sit together on 17 November and discuss the next course of action. They will decide how to solve this problem. After that, other actions will follow,” news agency ANI quoted Kharge as saying.
“Once they both sit and discuss, only then will the political strategy be prepared,” Kharge added.
This comes at a time when the Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP have reportedly agreed upon a common minimum programme (CMP) to form the government and will be meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday.
As per the agreement, the Shiv Sena has insisted on 16 ministerial berths along with the chief minister's post for five years while the Congress and NCP will get 12 and 14 berths respectively, along with two deputy CMs -- one from each side.
Meanwhile, NCP’s Sharad Pawar on Friday said that there is no possibility of mid-term polls and it will complete five years.
“This government will be formed and it will complete five years. We all will ensure this government runs for five years,” he said on Friday.
In the recently concluded polls in the state, the BJP and the Shiv Sena had contested the elections together but the two split after the latter alleged that the former is keeping the before poll promise “50-50 formula”.
The alliance had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively while the Congress and the NCP won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.
In the meantime, Sena's insistence that it had enough numbers to form government without the BJP, caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resigned last week following which President's Rule was imposed as no party staked claim to form government.
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