Maharashtra political crisis: Congress-NCP to hold talks Today

Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar

Mumbai/Delhi, Nov 12: The political turmoil in Maharashtra continuesas even three weeks after the state went to polls, there is no indication of a stable government formation , Is Maharashtra heading for a President’s rule? Reluctant to form an alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra,the Congress had kept it waiting and will hold Congress core group meet on Tuesday at interim party president Sonia Gandhi’s residence over the political situation in Maharashtra.

The Nationalist Congress Party is expected to hold a meeting at 11 today. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is expected to meet Sharad Pawar to discuss the issue of government formation. With the NCP having only 54 seats, it was imperative that they need support from the Congress, which has 44 seats, and the Shiv Sena has 56 seats in the Assembly.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari called upon Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party on Monday evening, refusing Shiv Sena’s request for another 48 hours to stake claim to form government. The NCP, which has time till 8.30 pm today, said it will take a call on the issue after holding discussions with the party MLAs and with its ally Congress. The NCP finished on the third position in the assembly polls having won 54 seats.

“We will get back to you,” Sonia Gandhi reportedly told Uddhav Thackeray, who, sources said, had made “numerous calls” as the two ideologically mismatched parties tried to collaborate.

The Sena set the stage for talks on Monday morning after pulling out its lone minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Arvind Sawant, displaying a full and final break-up with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Outgoing chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tendered his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Khoshyari on November 8 but the BJP could not stake claim to form the government as they fell short of the 145 mark.

The Shiv Sena’s Aaditya Thackeray, the son of Uddhav Thackeray, led a delegation on Monday evening to meet with the Governor. The Sena failed to produce letters of support, said the Governor’s office

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