The ongoing high tension drama in Maharashtra may soon reach a climax as the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress appear closer to signing a deal for government formation in Maharashtra, sources said today.
Reports suggest that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has agreed to collaborate with the Shiv Sena, her party’s ideological contrast. Sena leader Sanjay Raut said letters of support from the MLAs of all three parties will be handed over to the Governor on Saturday.
Leaders from the Congress, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP’s Sharad Pawar are likely to meet for discussions on power sharing in Mumbai tomorrow. Things that can be included in the common minimum agenda and issues that can create hurdles are expected to be part of the discussion.
The Shiv Sena, which wanted the BJP to share the chief minister’s chair for half the term, doesn’t want to do the same with the NCP, sources say. According to the arrangement being worked out, some insiders say, the Shiv Sena will hold the chief minister’s role for the whole term and the Congress and the NCP will have one deputy chief minister each. However, others say that the NCP would want chief ministership on rotational basis.
“The Congress and NCP have completed discussions on all issues. We are in complete unanimity with the NCP,” said Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan. A group of Congress leaders, including Chavan, will be meeting the Sena tomorrow.
At the Congress Working Committee meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s home this morning, party leaders apparently asked the party chief to consider aligning with Sena as it means keeping the BJP at bay.
Congress general secretary KC Venugopal told the media that the CWC was briefed on the discussion between NCP and Congress on Wednesday. Congress sources said a final decision on Maharashtra is expected by tomorrow.
The CWC, the sources said, has broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with Shiv Sena and the NCP.
Maharashtra was placed under President’s Rule last week after no party could produce letters of support to prove their majority.