New Delhi: In a significant development in relation to the government formation in Maharashtra, the highest decision-making body of the Congress party is on Thursday learned to have given a go-ahead for an alliance with the Shiv Sena.
Congress sources said the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which met here this morning, has approved an alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra to form the government, along with pre-poll ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Post the CWC meeting, Congress Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge said: “We have informed the CWC about our parleys with NCP.”
A meeting will be held between leaders of the Congress and the NCP again tonight while a final meeting with the Shiv Sena is slated for tomorrow in Mumbai, Congress sources said.
The final decision on Maharashtra government formation will be announced post that meeting tomorrow where NCP leaders will also be present, they added. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is likely to meet his party’s MLAs prior to the meeting where all three parties will be present.
Sources further said the three parties are likely to name the alliance as ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’. Further, the parties could meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday to stake claim to form the government.
On Wednesday, a marathon five hours’ long meeting was held between the Congress and the NCP. Post that, during a phone call with Shiv Sena leaders, a Common Minimum Programme (CM) was agreed upon, sources said.
Also today, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said a final decision on Maharashtra government formation will be announced in the next two days. Raut denied reports that a meeting was planned between Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray.
Yesterday, after the marathon Congress-NCP meeting over a possible alliance with Shiv Sena, Congress leader and former state CM Prithviraj Chavan exuded confidence that political uncertainty will end soon and a “stable” government will be in place.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik was categorical in his statement that without Shiv Sena, a government in Maharashtra cannot be formed.
The two statements were seen as emphatic expression of views by the two parties on their willingness to go ahead with government formation in Maharashtra along with the Shiv Sena.
In fact, a senior NCP leader reportedly aid that Maharashtra could have a government before the first phase of elections Jharkhand scheduled for November 30.
Sources in the NCP said the chief minister’s post is likely to be shared by the Shiv Sena and the NCP, with the former occupying the post in the first half of the five-year term. The Congress is not keen on having rotational CM’s post and may settle for the deputy chief minister’s post for the full five-year term.