Maharashtra Deadlock: Sonia meets senior leaders on government formation


As Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP closed in on a deal for government formation in Maharashtra, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with senior party leaders A.K. Antony, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Venugopal on Tuesday.

If sources are to be believed, Congress will hold talks with its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in New Delhi to finalise the draft common minimum programme (CMP). Once drafted this CMP will be vetted by the leadership. Kharge will be leading the talks along with Venugopal and even the state leaders will be included.

It is being speculated that there might be a rotational CM in place as NCP is still routing for that. However, Shiv Sena is likely to get the first term. Congress is likely to get Speaker's post and the Deputy Chief Minister post. Furthermore, NCP will get the post of the legislative council chairman. All three parties are likely to get an equal share in the council of ministers.

Earlier in the day, Sanjay Raut had reiterated that Shiv Sena will form the government Maharashtra with the support of 170 MLAs. He even said that the party will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar to discuss the issue of farmers in Maharashtra who have been affected due to untimely rains.

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