NCP-Congress to meet again in 2 days after Pawar-Sonia meet

Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar

Delhi : Amid talks of government formation in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi. The two leaders will take a final call on joining hands with the Shiv Sena.

The state is under President’s rule since the falling out of a pre-poll alliance between Sena and the BJP.

We did not discuss common minimum programme: Pawar

After meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar informed reporters that he did not discuss the common minimum program (CMP) with her. At NCP’s core committee meeting in Pune Sunday, party leader Nawab Malik said the CMP, which was drafted by the two parties in consultation with the Shiv Sena, would certainly be part of the discussion, but “we believe government formation and future roadmap will be the crux of their discussion”.

Earlier, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala took to Twitter, soon after the two met to announce: “Sh. Sharad Pawar met the Congress President today and briefed her on the situation in Maharashtra. It was decided that in a day or two, representatives from NCP & Congress will meet in Delhi to discuss the way forward”.

Sources say, meeting between Pawar and Gandhi lasted for 45 minutes. Deliberations on Maharashtra government formation remained the focal point of the meeting.

This meeting took place amid no consensus of government formation by Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP.

Interestingly, earlier in the day, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Pawar said the BJP and Shiv Sena had fought the elections together and “they have to choose their paths”. This was even as NCP and the Congress are in active talks with the Shiv Sena.

BJP and Shiv Sena contested the October 21 Assembly polls together. The BJP bagged 105 out of 288 seats while Shiv Sena managed to win 56 seats. However, the alliance fell apart after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackarey demanded rotational chief ministerial post, a demand denied by the BJP.

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