New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Looking at the cautious approach by the NCP and Congress over government formation in Maharashtra, the Shiv has called for a meeting for all its 56 MLAs and senior leaders in Mumbai on November 22, a party leader said on Tuesday.

Party chief Uddhav Thackeray will address the meeting that is expected to purpose on the future course of action in the backdrop of three non-BJP party making efforts to form government in Maharashtra that is currently under President's rule.

"Uddhav Thackeray will address the meeting of party MLAs and other senior leaders on November 22 in Mumbai," a Sena leader was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. The meeting will discuss the party's future course of action and will also see interaction with newly-elected Sena MLAs, he added.

To recall, Sena had won 56 seats and emerged as the second-largest after BJP (105 seats) in the October 21 assembly election, but refused to form government with the saffron party after the latter turned down its demand of sharing chief ministerial's seat.

After the two parties parted each other, the Sena reached out to Congress-NCP, its political rivals to explore the possibility of forming an alternate government in Maharashtra.

Despite several rounds of talks between leaders of the three parties in Mumbai and Delhi, the possibility of a Sena-led government still unclear. The Sena has repeatedly said the next chief minister will be from the party.

Meanwhile, NCP President held a meeting with interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over Sena-- a party closely associated with Hindutva and anti-Congressim-- in Delhi on Monday. He said if the NCP-Congress have to take a view on government formation, they have to first discuss it between themselves. A further meet may take place on Wednesday.

In the last month's polls, the NCP and the Congress, pre-poll allies, won 54 and 44 seats, respectively in the 288-member assembly where the majority mark is 145.

Posted By: James Kuanal