Posted on November 15, 2019, 12:02 PM IST
The suspense and drama over the coveted CM post in Maharashtra is most likely to end with Shiv Sena getting the power seat. It has been over a month since the political party has been in loggerheads with BJP over the sharing of the power seat. Maharashtra came under Presidents rule since no major party wanted to lay stake with a consented coalition.
Now the new developments have emerged that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar are likely to meet in Delhi on November 17 to discuss possible alliance with the Shiv Sena for shaping a strong government in Maharashtra.
It is said that the Shiv Sena will get a full-term Chief Minister’s office in a forthcoming coalition government with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, sources say. The Congress and the NCP will also 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.
NCP leader Nawab Malik today said, "The rift between Shiv Sena and BJP was over the CM post. So we are not going to contest for the CM post. The CM will be from Shiv Sena." Sena, however, has yet not decided whether party Chief Uddhav Thackeray will be the CM or it will nominate someone else for the post. Sena legislature party leader Eknath Shinde is said to be another contender if Uddhav decides to stay out of the government.
Sanjay Raut said, "Talks are on with the Congress and the NCP to work out a common minimum programme which will be in the interest of the state and its people". "Whether it is a single party government or an alliance, an agenda for governance is necessary. There are infrastructure projects to be taken forward, and issues related to drought, unseasonal rains are to be tackled. Those coming with us are experienced administrators. We will benefit from their experience," he said.