Maharashtra Government formation: All eyes on Congress-NCP meet today

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar are likely to meet on Wednesday to hold discussion on forming the government in Maharashtra with Shiv Sena.

Senior leaders of Congress and NCP will discuss the common minimum programme (CMP), a road map for the three-party government and power-sharing formula in the state.

Earlier, this meeting was scheduled yesterday. But the date was shifted due to the birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi met party’s senior leaders on Tuesday to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra and the way forward.

Sonia’s meeting with Congress leaders came after she met NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday.

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.

The BJP was invited by governor to form the government in state, but the party refused to stake claim, its ally Shiv Sena also failed Governor’s deadline.

The Governor had then invited Sharad Pawar’s NCP, the third largest party to prove the support of required MLAs needed to form the government, failing which the President’s Rule was imposed in the state.