Final decision on Maharashtra government soon: Sanjay Raut

A final decision on the new government in Maharashtra would be taken soon, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Thursday.

He said the process to form government has begun and it will be completed soon.

All the three parties will hold meeting in Mumbai, he added.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) met on Thursday at Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s residence to discuss the issue of government formation in Maharashtra.

Senior leaders of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) met in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the common minimum programme (CMP), a road map for the three-party government and power-sharing formula in the state.

After the meeting, in a press briefing, Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan, told reporters that “Congress-NCP has had long and positive discussions and it will continue, I am sure we will be able to give a stable government to Maharashtra very soon.”

Senior NCP leader Nawab Malik said, “Congress-NCP together decided to give an alternate government in Maharashtra, and it is not possible without NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena coming together. We are trying our best to resolve all issues and will soon provide alternate government.”

On November 12, Maharashtra came under President’s rule after all the parties failed to form a government in the state.

BJP, the single largest party, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm over sharing of the chief minister’s post since the assembly election results were announced on October 24.

The BJP had emerged as the single-largest party with 105 seats in the 288-member Assembly. The Shiv Sena at 56, the NCP 54 and the Congress won 44 seats.