NCP chief Sharad Pawar likely to meet Congress' interim President Sonia Gandhi

The ongoing tensions between Sena and BJP over power-sharing has created a possibility that the alliance between both saffron parties may break


The assembly election results in Maharashtra were declared on October 24 and since then, the conflict between two saffron allies – Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – over power-sharing has intensified. 

While Shiv Sena is adamant to press their demand to implement the 50-50 power-sharing formula in Maharashtra, BJP has made it clear that the new government in the state will be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis. 

The tensions between Sena and BJP has created a possibility that the alliance between both saffron parties may break. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had earlier said that if BJP doesn’t honour the 50-50 formula, they will consider an alternative. 

This fuelled speculations that Sena might join hands with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance in Maharashtra to form the government. 

However, in Congress, several senior leaders seem to disagree with the possibility to ally with Sena to form the government in Maharashtra while former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that Congress may consider “concrete” offer for the same. 

Earlier, Maharashtra Congress leaders held several meeting with party’s interim President Sonia Gandhi talking about backing Shiv Sena to keep BJP out of power in the state. However, reportedly, Sonia Gandhi has denied the possibility of NCP-Congress-Sena alliance. 

Amid the ongoing tussle between Sena and BJP, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi in Delhi. The NCP supremo may discuss the possibility of an alliance with Shiv Sena to form the government in the state. 

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However, Pawar and other senior NCP leaders have maintained that they will not ally with Sena and will sit in the opposition as mandated by the people. 

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