NEW DELHI: A "positive" meeting between Congress and NCP on Wednesday raised the prospect of a coalition comprising them and the Sena forming the government in Maharashtra by next week.
At a joint press conference after lengthy discussions, Congress and NCP announced they will form a “stable” government and end the political uncertainty in the state.
Following another round of meetings late in the night, Congress leader and former CM Prithviraj Chavan said, "We have made significant progress. We will meet again tomorrow and then head to Mumbai for a discussion with the Shiv Sena on Friday. A big announcement in the evening could be expected."
Now, NCP will
push for splitting the chief minstership
with Sena and it is to be seen if Sena agrees to the fresh bargaining by its prospective allies during the discussion over next two days. NCP has won just two seats less than Sena. A "coordination committee" is also in the works, which is expected to steer the coalition and address sticky issues such as those with a Hindutva bearing. Key portfolios to be apportioned will also be decided between NCP, Congress and Sena over the next two days.
The announcement came after two rounds of meetings at the residence of NCP chief. The meetings are learned to have focused on finalising a "common minimum programme". NCP and Congress also discussed the issues simultaneously with Shiv Sena.
Earlier, Nawab Malik of NCP and Prithviraj Chavan, at a joint briefing, stopped short of naming Sena even as they said that three parties will have to join hands to form the government.Read More – Source