Maharashtra Deadlock: Congress may join government instead of just providing outside support

Congress leaders in Maharashtra want the party to join the government. Earlier, the sources had informed that Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress can have 14 ministries each

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress in Maharashtra held a joint meeting on Thursday night to discuss the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to form a stable government with Shiv Sena.

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan informed that the talks were at a “preliminary” stage and no final decision has been taken so far.

While talking to the media, Chavan informed that NCP and Congress will further have meetings with Shiv Sena. As of now, the talks are at a preliminary level, the senior Congress leader added.

Chavan further said that the discussion and modalities worked out will be approved by the Congress high command. Earlier, Congress leader on Wednesday met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to create a “friendly environment for further talks.

Moreover, the sources informed that Shiv Sena and NCP have asked the Congress to join the government. Earlier, the Congress high command in Delhi was reluctant to join the government but was ready to give support from the outside.

However, the Congress leaders in Maharashtra want the party to join the government. Earlier, the sources had informed that Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress can have 14 ministries each.

Earlier on Wednesday, a visibly upset Ajit Pawar told the reporters that the joint meeting scheduled between NCP and Congress was cancelled. After which, several speculations were made suggesting tensions inside NCP.

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However, Sharad Pawar said that his nephew deliberately made such remarks. Ajit Pawar was present in the meeting later. 

In the meeting, NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Dhananjay Munde and Nawab Malik were present and top Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat, Prithviraj Chavan, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thakre, Vijay Wadettiwar were also present.

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