The Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray with his son Aditya Thackeray and MP Sanjay Raut met Sharad Pawar at his residence on Thursday night. Friday, November 22, is the most crucial day for Maharashtra.
A meeting is underway between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party leaders and other alliance partners in Mumbai. Yesterday the two parties had held meeting in the presence of senior party leaders in New Delhi. Meanwhile Shiv Sena celebrates Mumbai as Sena’s Kishori Pednekar and Suhas Wadkar were elected, unopposed, as Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation respectively.
The NCP-congress and Shiv Sena alliance is inching closer towards forming the government in Maharashtra. While it has been decided that the Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena and the Deputy CM from NCP-Congress alliance, the candidate from Sena has not beenc hosen yet. The allies of the Shiv Sena and its leaders want party chief Uddhav Thackeray to be the Chief Minister.
The pre-poll smaller allies of the NCP-Congress met the leaders of the alliance to discuss their roles in the government formation and the modalities.
The alliance expected to be named “Maha Vikas Aghadi” will function based on The Common minimum program fuelled by secularism, said leaders of congress and NCP. The three parties will consult on national and regionally sensitive issues like unemployment, farmer’s suicide among others, told a senior leader of NCP.
Small parties like Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Peasants and Workers Party of India, Samajwadi party will be a part of this alliance.
Post the electoral results were anounced the tug of war between two allies– Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena began for the CM seat which created a political impasse in the state.
The BJP did not claim a stake in forming the government while Shiv Sena and NCP despite showing will could not since the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari refused to squander more time and submitted a report seeking presidential rule. After the approval from Union Cabinet and president Ram Nath Kovind, on the evening of November 12, the state went into the direct rule of the Centre.
By Sanjana Deshpande (with agency inputs)