Maharashtra Government Formation HIGHLIGHTS: Even as negotiations are underway for a three-party coalition government in Maharashtra, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi Tuesday chaired a meeting with senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, A K Antony and Ahmed Patel at her residence in New Delhi. The meeting comes a day after Gandhi had held discussions with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena said it will “uproot” its long-time ally BJP for “challenging” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. “It is the beginning of the end of politics of arrogance,” it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana. Likening the saffron party to 13th-century invader Muhammad Ghori who killed Prithviraj Chauhan despite the legendary king sparing his life several times, Sena said, “Even in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has spared such ungrateful people several times and now they are trying to back-stab us.”
According to sources, a power-sharing deal has tentatively been reached between the Sena-Congress-NCP to end the political uncertainty in the state. Sources suggest that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be at the helm, with no rotation policy for the post of the chief minister. There will be two Deputy Chief Ministers — one each from the NCP and Congress and the Speaker’s post can be decided by both the parties. The broad understanding has been worked out by Pawar who, sources said, was the “moving spirit” behind the efforts to prop up a non-BJP government.
Amid the turmoil in the state, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut Tuesday tweeted, “Agar zindagi mein kuch paana ho to tareeke badlo iraade nahi.” (One should amend his ways and not his plans, in order to achieve something in life). Raut Monday met NCP chief Sharad Pawar after the Maratha strongman’s discussions with Sonia Gandhi and expressed confidence that the state would soon get a government led by his party.