Posted on November 4, 2019, 2:20 PM IST
The power tussle between Shiv Sena and the BJP government doesn’t seem to reach to a conclusion any time soon. Meanwhile Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has arrived at Amit Shah's residence in Delhi. His top agenda during the closed doors meeting is to raise the issue of the power tussle with Shiv Sena. He will also discuss the emergency issue about giving aid to the farmers affected due to unseasonal rain in Maharashtra.
At the same time NCP Chief Sharad Pawar will be holding an exclusive meeting with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence. He has been approached by the Shiv Sena to form government in Maharashtra.
The speculation became rife that Sena was exploring alternative options as an ally was when senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar showed reporters a phone message from Sena MP Sanjay Raut, which just contained a formal introduction of greetings from the latter. Speaking on the message, former deputy chief minister Pawar said, "This means I should call him. I will call and check."
Though Sharad Pawar lead NCP has maintained that it will sit in the Opposition, he also held a closed-door meeting with his party leaders in Mumbai on Saturday to explore an alternate possibility of forming the government with Sena.
According to this agreement, an NCP-Sena government with outside support from Congress would be formed. Several Congress leaders, including 40 of the party’s 44 MLAs are on board with the plan. But Sonia Gandhi is said to be hesitant as she feels allying with the Sena would hurt the party’s secular credentials.
The Shiv Sena remains adamant on sharing the CM post, but BJP has confirmed that it has not promised anything about the CM post during elections. These two strategic meetings will decide the further fate of the limbo government acting right now in Maharashtra.