Mumbai, Nov 22: After a series of talks and negotiations between the Congress-NCP and Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra,the formal announcement of a Shiv Sena-led ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ is likely to be made on Friday.
After Pawar-Uddhav meet, top Congress leaders will leave for Mumbai to finalise on the government formation talks.
While the Congress and the NCP will talk to their smaller allies in Maharashtra at 12pm about the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ alliance to run the state of Maharashtra.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will also address party MLAs during the day and will brief party leaders over plans to form government in the state.
Then the top leaders of the three parties will meet at 4pm to discuss power sharing as the common minimum programme has been finalised.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and son Aaditya Thackeray met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Shahar Pawar at latter’s residence.
According to sources, the meeting took place for an hour at Pawar’s South Mumbai residence ‘Silver Oak’. Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut was also present for the meeting. No Congress leader was present for the meeting.
Congress leader and former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said that the party is holding talks with Shiv Sena to “finalise the architecture of the alliance”.
Uddhav Thackeray has indicated he may not be willing to share CM’s post with NCP, said sources. Uddhav Thackeray is keen that Shiv Sena will remain in the CM’s seat for five years. Nawab Malik too had said last week that since Sena had left BJP on this issue, they would prefer it if Sena had their CM for 5 years
Congress is also expected to hold meetings with its pre-poll alliances – Peasants Workers Party, Samajwadi Party, Swabhimani Paksha and CPI(M). Congress Working Committee (CWC) had accorded a go-ahead for supporting Shiv Sena on Thursday.