Maharashtra power struggle: Congress, NCP say discussions 'positive', will give 'stable' govt soon

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Nov 20, 2019, 10.30 PM(IST)

NCP's Nawab Malik (left) and Congress's Prithviraj Chavan (right) in a press conference held on Wednesday Photograph:( ANI )

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On Wednesday, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the whole of Maharashtra desires that Uddhav Thackeray becomes the CM. 

The Congress and NCP will able to give a "stable" government to Maharashtra, senior Congress leader said on Wednesday. 

Addressing a press conference, former CM Prithviraj Chavan said that both Congress and NCP had long and "positive" discussions today, adding that they will soon form a stable government in Maharashtra.

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It should be noted that Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP have to come together in order to bring enough numbers to form government in the state. Maharashtra is currently under President's rule as both BJP and Shiv Sena were not able to form government in the deadline allotted to them. 

On Wednesday, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the whole of Maharashtra desires that Uddhav Thackeray becomes the CM. 

"When three parties form a government, the process becomes long. This process has started today. In coming two-five days, a government will be formed in Maharashtra," Raut said. 

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Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal also briefed the party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi regarding the meeting with NCP.

Earlier on Wednesday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar met PM Narendra Modi, leading to reports of new political arithmetic in Maharashtra. PM Modi also praised NCP on Tuesday during his address in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House). 

However, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik late on Wednesday said that both Congress and NCP have decided to form an "alternative" government in Maharashtra. He also added that this "alternative" will not be possible without Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress joining hands. 

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Last week, all three parties drafted a common minimum programme (CMP) to form government in the state. Senior leaders of NCP and Congress are continuing discussions over finalising the CMP. 

Earlier, traditional allies BJP and Shiv Sena had formed an alliance for the Assembly elections in Maharashtra. However, after the results were declared on October 24, both parties had a fallout over the power-sharing agreement. BJP denies Shiv Sena's claims of 50:50 agreement where both parties will have its CM for 2.5 years.

BJP won the maximum number of seats (105) in recently held elections in the state. Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress claimed 56, 54 and 44 seats respectively.  A majority of 145 seats are required in order to form government in Maharastra.