Sharad Pawar to meet Sonia Gandhi to discuss Maharashtra government formation

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar arrived in Delhi on Monday to hold a meeting with Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra.

According to the sources, the two leaders will meet at 4 pm.

On November 12, Maharashtra came under President’s 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.