Govt Formation in Maharashtra Updates: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday said that Congress alone can’t decide things in Maharashtra. “NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will sit together on 17 November (Sunday) and discuss the next course of action. They will decide how to solve this problem. After that only the other actions will follow. Once they both sit and discuss, only then will the political strategy be prepared. That will be followed and implemented,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier in the day, the NCP said that Maharashtra’s next chief minister will be from Shiv Sena. NCP leader Nawab Malik told reporters in Mumbai that his party has no issue in Sena getting the top post. “We want a government in Maharashtra as soon as possible. The rift between Shiv Sena and BJP was over the CM’s post. So, we are not going to contest for the CM’s post, CM will be from Shiv Sena,” Malik said.
In the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the Shiv Sena has 56 MLAs. The BJP has 105 MLAs. Though the two parties contested the elections in an agreement, Shiv Sena’s demand for a 50-50 power-sharing formula stalled the process for the formation of the government. The NCP has 54 and the Congress has 44 MLAs, respectively. If the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP decide to come together, they will go beyond the majority mark of 145.