New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee on Monday conducted a meeting chaired by Congress party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi to decide whether or not to extend support to Shiv Sena and form a new government in Maharashtra, stated news agency PTI. 

Some of the state Congress leaders who are attending Monday’s meeting include Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, PCC chief Balasaheb Thora and Ahmed Patel. It must be noted that the CWC is the highest decision-making body of the Congress party. This meeting is taking place after 44 Maharashtra MLAs attended a meeting in Jaipur resort on Sunday.

Reacting to the meeting, NCP leader Nawab Malik on Monday told news agency ANI, “We are waiting for Congress to take a decision. We fought elections together and whatever will be decided, it will be decided together.”

The possibility of Congress’ role in governing Maharashtra was deliberated upon after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited Congress’ long-time political adversary and second-largest party, Shiv Sena, to form the government. The Governor had made the decision after BJP refused to form the stake claim. It must be noted that Shiv Sena, which has 56 MLAs in the 288-member House as against BJP’s 105 MLAs, has time to stake claim till 7:30 PM on November 11. The role of Congress and Nationalist Congress are also crucial as they have 44 and 54 MLAs respectively.

Meanwhile, after Shiv Sena’s MP Arvind Sawant announced his decision to step down from Union Cabinet, party leader Sanjay Raut hinted at severing ties with ally BJP. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Raut was quoted by a report as saying, “If they are not willing to keep their promise (on the 50-50 formula), is there any relation left?”