Mumbai: Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress may announce an alliance today to form a government in Maharashtra led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray after several meetings in Mumbai. The alliance will call itself “Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (Maharashtra Development Front)”. The Shiv Sena has made it clear that it wants to make Uddhav Thackeray the chief minister for the entire term of Sharad Pawar’s NCP without any gradual arrangement. A common minimum program that can accommodate the different agendas of the Shiv Sena and the Congress will still be discussed today as the three parties try to find a way to cooperate for the first time. Setting the stage for intense deliberations, Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya Thackeray met Sharad Pawar at their home in Mumbai in a midnight meeting.
The discussion will now move to Mumbai where the Congress and NCP will hold discussions with their other pre-election allies – Peasants Workers Party, Samajwadi Party, Swabhimani Paksha, and CPI – and then with the army, Chavan told reporters that his party’s senior leaders And after the second round of talks between NCP in the national capital.
Sources said that the three parties are expected to make a formal announcement on Friday to join hands to gain power in the state.
On Friday, Uddhav Thackeray will address a meeting of party MLAs and senior leaders, which is expected to discuss the party’s action against the backdrop of the three main non-BJP parties trying to form the government in Maharashtra.
The top 10 updates on the formation of the Maharashtra government are as follows:
- Moving on from Chief Sonia Gandhi, the Congress yesterday admitted for the first time that it was in talks with the Shiv Sena, and announced that the two would meet in Mumbai on Friday. Congress leader and former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told NDTV, “Our reasoning for going with the Shiv Sena was to end the misrule of the Devendra Fadnavis government. We cannot allow Maharashtra to suffer.”
- As Sharad Pawar flew back to Mumbai from Delhi last evening, Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray drove down to meet the NCP chief. Sena leader Sanjay Raut and NCP’s Ajit Pawar were also present at the meeting, sources said.
- NDTV has learned that the new coalition’s shared agenda will focus on farmers and jobs and the Shiv Sena’s subsidized food scheme.
- The three parties have decided “in principle” to get together but the two sticking points remain. The Shiv Sena is not in favor of a rotational chief minister, as the NCP wants. And the Hindutva Party, Shiv Sena, is not responsible for including the word “secular” in the common minimum agenda, a demand by the Congress.
- Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that the letters of support of the MLAs of the three parties will be handed over to the Governor on Saturday. Army and NCP sources say that “if everything goes well, there will be a swearing-in ceremony on Sunday or Monday”.
- The Congress counterattack on the Shiv Sena organized a Congress Working Committee meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s house, where leaders argued that the party should try and work with the Shiv Sena – a party that is at odds with the Hindutva and Congress secularism Has been on Ideology – to keep the BJP out.
- The Shiv Sena is waiting for the NCP and Congress to make up its mind after ending its alliance with the BJP for more than three decades after coming to power. The army insisted on an equal stake in rotational chief ministers and ministries, which was rejected by the BJP.
- The Congress met with the NCP on Wednesday after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, after sitting on the request of Shiv Sena’s support for more than a week. Along with praising PM Modi for the NCP in the Parliament, the PM-Pawar meeting was spoiled by the Congress.
- The report says the BJP is following Mr Pawar – his NCP is only two seats behind the Shiv Sena and could help the BJP cross the majority mark in Maharashtra – and endangering the post of President It can already make the Congress useless.
- Maharashtra was placed under President’s rule last week as no party could offer letters of support to prove a majority.
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