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Nationalist Congress Party may offer support to Shiv Sena: Sources

File photo of Sharad Pawar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 10, 2019, 09.35 AM (IST)

The political deadlock in the Indian state of Maharashtra may come to an end soon. According to sources, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is ready to lend support to the Shiv Sena to form a government.

Reports say the final call will be taken in a day or two. It is believed that the deal between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray has almost been finalised.

Sources say that the Congress party will lend outside support to the alliance.

The final decision, however, will be taken by Congress high command. 

The latest reports come as the Governor has asked the Bharatiya Janata Party, the single largest party in the Maharashtra assembly, to make a decision regarding government formation.

The BJP and Shiv Sena, who are partners in the ruling alliance in Maharashtra, had fought the assembly polls together. While the BJP bagged 105 seats, Shiv Sena won 56 seats in the 288-member Vidhan Sabha. Shiv Sen also has the support of 7 independents.

The majority mark in Maharashtra is 144. With NCP's 54 seats and congress' 44, the tally of the alliance will reach 162- easily crossing the majority mark.

Even after getting the required numbers to form the government, there has been a delay in cobbling up a coalition owing to differences between the two parties on power-sharing.

Shiv Sena has insisted that the two parties had a '50-50' power-sharing agreement before the elections. But Devendra Fadnavis, former chief minister of Maharashtra, has said that Shiv Sena was not promised the chief ministerial post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was sealed before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. 

(With inputs from agencies)