New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who arrived in the national capital earlier in the day, met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence on Monday and said he discussed the political situation of Maharashtra. However, he said he did not discuss the prospects of government formation in the state.
“We discussed in detail about Maharashtra’s political situation. I briefed her on it. AK Antony was also there. Certain leaders of both (Congress-NCP) parties will meet and discuss further and get back to us,” Sharad Pawar said after meeting Sonia Gandhi.
Replying to a query on if Sonia Gandhi was opposed to forming the government in alliance with the Shiv Sena, Pawar said that there was no talk of the government formation in our meeting. “This meeting was all about discussing the Congress and the NCP,” he said.
Much before meeting Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, the Nationalist Congress Party said a final decision on the formation of the next government in Maharashtra by the proposed Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena ally will be taken in the next couple of days.
“The government formation process will be finalised after the meeting,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said making it clear that the objective was to give “a stable government” to the state and any decision would be taken only in consultation with the Congress in the matter.
After the Sharad-Sonia meeting, leaders of Congress and NCP will sit down together on Tuesday to discuss the government formation in the state, Malik had also said.
Meanwhile, BJP’s Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Raosaheb Danve-Patil, said that there is a possibility of the BJP-Sena returning to power again soon with a BJP Chief Minister.
“Such a situation would not have arisen had Balasaheb Thackeray been alive today. We shall work according to the formula agreed upon by him and the late Pramod Mahajan,” Danve-Patil said.
Before meeting the Congress president, Pawar, earlier in the day, had said, “BJP-Shiv Sena fought together, we (NCP) and Congress fought together. They have to choose their path and we will do our politics.”
The NCP held a core committee meeting at party chief Sharad Pawar’s residence in Pune on Sunday. Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil and Legislative Party leader Ajit Pawar were among the prominent leaders present at the meeting.
Failing to form the government even after 20 days of election results were out, Maharashtra came under President’s Rule earlier this week. The move was approved by President Ram Nath Kovind.
BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister’s post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.
The Shiv Sena is now in talks with the Congress and the NCP to form a government in the state. In the recently concluded assembly polls, the BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.