Maharashtra political crisis: It seems the wait is over and Maharashtra is likely to get a new government, almost month after state Assembly elections were conducted. If reports are to be believed, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, who is the highest decision making person in the UPA, Wednesday greenlighted the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharastra which is under President’s rule.
This came after several rounds of talks between the Congress-NCP and the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. It is for the first time that Congress will be joining any party which revolves around Hindutva, the same as the BJP. Earlier, everything was set and the new alliance was waiting for Sonia’s nod.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik earlier stated that the only way to form the government was to join the Shiv Sena. His comments came after Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Speculations were rife that there was some sort of discussion going between the BJP and the NCP over the government formation. However, Malik clarified it, stating Pawar met the prime minister for the issues of farmers of the state.
Shiv Sena troubleshooter Sanjay Raut seconded Malik, saying Pawar’s meeting with PM Modi was related to farmers. He exuded confidence that Maharashtra will be seeing the government by the first week of next month. He also said that Shiv Sena’s lawmakers are united and downplayed there was any rift in the party fold.
Ever since the Assembly election results were announced on October 24, Maharashtra has been witnessing a political crisis, following the failure of the BJP-Shiv Sena to form the government. Despite claiming required numbers, both the alliance partners did not stake a claim after the tussle emerged within the ranks over the power-sharing arrangement.
The Shiv Sena wanted Aaditya Thackeray to assume the chief ministerial post for 2.5 years. However, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and the party’s leadership rejected the demand.