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Maharashtra: Sonia, Pawar to meet on Sunday

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will be formed, and it will complete five-year term as he ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls in the state which is currently under President’s rule.

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NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar will meet on Sunday to discuss the next course of action about government formation in Maharashtra even as the BJP has claimed it has support of 119 MLAs and would form the next government in the state. Amid reports that a Shiv Sena-led coalition is taking shape, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the Congress in-charge for Maharashtra, said that his party alone cannot take decisions about government formation in the state.”Congress alone can’t decide things. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and AICC president Sonia Gandhi will sit together on November 17 and discuss the next course of action. They will decide how to solve this problem. After that only the other actions will follow,” Kharge told news agency ANI. He said that once they both sit and discuss, only then will the political strategy be prepared. “That will be followed and implemented,” he said.The BJP, meanwhile, has claimed that it would form the government. However, the party has not disclosed how it would cobble up majority figure of 145 in the 288-member house. Addressing a press conference, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said, “BJP is the single largest party, and with the support of Independents our tally reaches 119. With this tally, BJP will form the government.”The Congress and the NCP, which fought the assembly polls together, along with the Shiv Sena have prepared a draft common minimum programme (CMP), which will be discussed by senior leaders of three parties.The three parties are having talks for the formation of the non-BJP government in the state where the President’s Rule was imposed earlier this week. The Shiv Sena and the BJP, who had fought the polls together, could not form the government due to differences over power-sharing. NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will be formed, and it will complete five-year term as he ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls in the state which is currently under President’s rule.”There is no possibility of mid-term polls. This government will be formed and it will complete five years. We all will ensure this government runs for five years,” the NCP chief said in Nagpur.In Mumbai, NCP’s chief spokesman Nawab Malik said the chief minister’s post will go to the Shiv Sena.”The chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena. It walked away from the ‘Mahayuti’ (the Sena-BJP alliance) on the issue of chief minister’s post. It is our responsibility to respect its sentiment,” Malik said.

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