New Delhi, Nov 11: A meeting of the Congress Working Committee – the highest decision-making body of the Congress – is underway to deliberate on extending support to Shiv Sena in forming the government in Maharashtra. The crucial meeting is being chaired by party’s interim chief Sonia Gandhi.
The CWC meeting is being held at Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi, will decide whether to offer support to a Shiv Sena-led government and the Congress’s role in such an arrangement.Senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Ahmed Patel, and Mallikarjun Kharge arrive for Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at party interim president Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi.
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also with the MLAs, denied knowledge of reports that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had contacted Sonia Gandhi. “We will do whatever the high command will suggest. Our original stand is that we will sit in the opposition as people gave us mandate to sit in the opposition and we will do the same,” Mr Kharge told ANI.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar is set to discuss Maharashtra political scenario with Congress today.
Maharashtra Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is also likely to meet top Congress leaders in New Delhi on Monday to seek support for his party’s government in the state.
Meanwhile Shiv Sena’s sole representative in the Union Cabinet, Arvind Sawant has announced his plans to quit the post of Union Minister for Heavy Industries after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress made it clear that any talks with the Sena will only be initiated if it leaves the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) officially.
Relations between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena are on the verge of collapse following the 18-day deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra.
Late on Sunday, Governor B.S. Koshyari invited the Shiv Sena, the second largest party in the Assembly, to show its willingness and ability to form the government, after the BJP informed it of its inability to do so citing lack of numbers.