Uddhav Thackeray to lead Maharashtra government, says Sharad Pawar after NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena meet concludes

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 22, 2019, 07.09 PM(IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

File photo of Uddhav Thackeray Photograph:( India.com )

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Pawar said that the parties will hold a press conference on Saturday and that discussions are still going on. 

Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar on Friday told media that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will lead Maharashtra government, news agencies reported. 

The comment came shortly after the high-octane meeting between the NCP, the Congress and the Sena concluded this evening. 

Pawar said that the parties will hold a press conference on Saturday and that discussions are still going on, news agency ANI reported. 

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"Tomorrow we will also decide when to approach the Governor," he said. 

The three parties held hectic deliberations earlier today to decide upon government formation in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra came under President's Rule on November 12 after all the parties failed to form a government in the state. 

The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister's post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.

Shiv Sena parted its ways with BJP to explore ways to form a government. It, however, failed to prove the support of the required number of MLAs in the time given by state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

The Governor had then invited NCP, the third-largest party, to prove its ability to form the government failing which President's Rule was imposed in the state.

The Shiv Sena is now in talks with the Congress and NCP to form a government in Maharashtra.

The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44. 

(With inputs from ANI)