Maharashtra Deadlock: NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena to meet Governor today

Their meeting with Governor Koshyari is scheduled at 3:00 PM today

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Amid the political deadlock in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress and Shiv Sena leaders will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday.

The three political parties including the Shiv Sena are coming close to finalise the government formation in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena parted ways with its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a huge tussle over power-sharing. 

On Thursday, representatives from NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena held a meeting to decide the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to form a stable government in Maharashtra. 

Earlier, NCP leader Nawab Malik told the media that a draft for the CMP was sent to the top leadership of all three parties and will be approved by them. 

Amid the political instability, the three parties will go and meet the Maharashtra Governor. However, Mumbai NCP President Malik informed that they will go and meet the Maharashtra Governor to discuss the ongoing agrarian crisis in the state. 

Their meeting with Governor Koshyari is scheduled at 3:00 PM today.

Refuting the speculations, Malik informed that NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena will not stake claim to form the government today.

We are going to meet the Governor but reports suggesting that this meeting is to stake a claim for government formation are false. Our meeting will focus on the suffering farmers in Maharashtra and utilisation of pending money from Chief minister’s relief funds,” said Nawab Malik.

Since Maharashtra is under President’s rule, the sate machinery is at a standstill. The farmers in the state are suffering after their crops were destroyed due to the untimely rains. 

Earlier, Independent MLA Bacchu Kadu was arrested by Mumbai police for protesting while demanding the Governor to declare drought in the state. Several protestors including farmers were detained at Nariman Point while trying to reach Raj Bhavan to press their demands. 

Meanwhile, Malik also informed that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be from Shiv Sena and it is their responsibility to respect Sena’s dignity as they have been insulted by the BJP. 

On Friday, NCP chief Pawar, who was in Nagpur meeting, the farmers in Vidarbha region remained evasive on the question of Chief Ministership and stated that if someone asks for the CM post, they will think about it. 

However, Pawar said that the process of government formation has begun as the talks with allies are underway. “The government will run for whole five-years and there will be no re-elections,” said Sharad Pawar. 

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi are scheduled to meet in Delhi on November 17, mostly to discuss and finalise the possibility of an alliance with Shiv Sena.

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Earlier, all newly elected NCP MLAs had passed a single-line resolution authorising Pawar to take the decision regarding the alliance or government formation. 

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