A day after meeting the NCP, the Congress Working Committee on Thursday reviewed the political logjam in Maharashtra. Congress sources said a final decision on Maharashtra is expected by tomorrow. Another meeting between Congress and NCP is to happen Thursday night and a final meeting with Shiv Sena will happen Friday in Mumbai. The decision on government formation in Maharashtra will be announced in Mumbai on Friday, the sources said to news agency PTI.
The CWC, the sources said, has broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with Shiv Sena and the NCP.
Congress general secretary KC Venugopal told the media after a meeting at party chief Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence that that the CWC was briefed on the discussion between NCP and Congress on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, senior leaders of the Congress and the NCP held talks with a focus on firming up the modalities for taking a shot at government formation in Maharashtra.
The meeting took place at the residence of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh, Mallikarjun Kharge, Prithviraj Chavan, K C Venugopal and Balasaheb Thorat attended the meeting.
Those representing the NCP included Supriya Sule, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Nawab Malik.
As per the power-sharing formula being discussed, Maharashtra is likely to have rotational chief ministers from Shiv Sena and NCP while the Congress may get deputy CM's post for full five years, a highly placed source told News Nation on Wednesday.
In the October 21 Maharashtra polls, the BJP-Sena saffron alliance secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats respectively. However, failing to evolve a consensus over the chief minister’s post, the Shiv Sena parted ways with the BJP and decided to explore the possibility of tying up with the Congress and the NCP.