Maharashtra: Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar to meet on Sunday to discuss govt formation

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Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar will meet on November 17 to discuss further course of action on forming a coalition government with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, sources said.

According to the sources, the three parties have agreed on a minimum agenda and will meet with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the first-ever Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra appears to be taking definitive shape with Sharad Pawar on Friday announced that the three parties will form a government in the state, which will complete a full term.

He ruled out mid-term elections in the state and said a prospective government will complete five-year term and provide a development-oriented administration.

Earlier Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut reiterated that the government will be formed under the leadership of Shiv Sena and the next chief minister of Maharashtra will also be from Sena.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday imposed President’s rule in Maharashtra after the Union Cabinet’s recommendation amid uncertainty in the state over government formation.

No political party has been able to form a government after the announcement of assembly poll results on October 24.