Congress rules out any possibility of an alliance with Shiv Sena

Refuting speculations regarding Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP forming alliance to form government in Maharashtra, Congress General Secretary Mallikarjun Kharge said that there is no question of an alliance formation with Shiv Sena

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Amid speculations that Shiv Sena might join hands with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance, Congress ruled out any possibility of an alliance with Sena to form the government in Maharashtra after the assembly elections. According to reports, Acting Congress president Sonia Gandhi has refused to extend support Shiv Sena Govt in Maharashtra. She was briefed by GS Kharge & State Chief Throrat about the possibility of a breakup between BJP & Shiv Sena. She reportedly said that Congress cannot support Hindutva hardliner party like Sena.

While speaking to the media on Wednesday, Congress General Secretary Mallikarjun Kharge said that there is no question of an alliance formation with Shiv Sena. 

The mandate given by the people for Congress is to act as an opposition party,” said Kharge.

However, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had earlier said that Congress will consider any concrete proposal on the formation of the government in the state.

In 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections, Congress managed to win on 44 seats of 288-member assembly house. Kharge attended a meeting with senior state leaders to discuss the results of the assembly polls and the damage which the farmers have faced due to untimely rains.

While blaming the media for speculating regarding government formation with Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat said that there have been no talks about any such possibilities. 

Earlier, senior NCP leaders had also clarified that they will sit in the opposition as mandated by the people and will hold the government accountable. 

Since the Maharashtra assembly elections results were declared, Shiv Sena has been adamant on its demand of 50-50 power-sharing deal. Shiv Sena chief Uddhva Thackeray had said that BJP must honour the same. 


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