The Shiv Sena will get a full-term chief minister in a prospective coalition government with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, sources say.
The Congress and the NCP will get to appoint one deputy chief minister each from their ranks.
The Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress will get 14, 14, and 12 ministers, respectively.
The three parties’ common minimum programme will focus on farmer and youth issues, and there’s no mention of Hindutva-related issues.
Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, the respective leaders of those two parties, will meet this weekend.
There are two contentious issues that have yet to be resolved: the Shiv Sena’s demand for a Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, and the Congress-NCP demand for a 5 per cent reservation for Muslims.
President’s Rule was imposed in Maharashtra on Tuesday after the Governor informed the Centre that a stable government couldn’t be formed in the prevailing situation despite his efforts.
“They (Thorat and Patil) held preliminary discussion with Thackeray. Now state leaders of the three parties will meet again here on Thursday to prepare the document (CMP) which will be sent for the approval of the respective top leadership of the three parties,” the sources said.
The BJP and Shiv Sena contested the October 21 Assembly polls together and won 105 and 56 seats, respectively, securing a comfortable majority in the 288- member house.
The two parties, however, fell out after the Sena persisted with its demand of sharing the chief minister’s post on a rotational basis, leading to the BJP to announce that it was in no position to stake claim to form government.
After the Shiv Sena and NCP, second and third largest parties, too said they could not stake claim immediately, the state was placed under President’s rule on Tuesday.
The BJP and the Shiv Sena won a combined majority in last month’s assembly election, but couldn’t see eye to eye on the idea that the chief minister’s job should be subject to a rotational policy.
The impasse continued when individual parties were invited to try and form administrations, and President’s Rule was imposed.