Maharashtra government formation: Amid cautious approach by NCP-Congress, Shiv Sena MLAs and leaders to meet in Mumbai on 22 November

  • The Shiv Sena has called a meeting of all its MLAs and senior leaders in Mumbai on 22 November, said a party leader on Tuesday

  • Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will address the meeting which is expected to deliberate on the future course of action

  • After parting ways with the BJP, the Sena reached out to the Congress-NCP, to explore the possibility of forming an alternative government in the state

Mumbai: Amid cautious approach by the NCP -Congress over government formation in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has called a meeting of all its MLAs and senior leaders in Mumbai on 22 November, said a party leader on Tuesday.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will address the meeting which is expected to deliberate on the future course of action on the backdrop of the three main non-BJP parties making efforts to form government in Maharashtra, which is currently under President's rule.

 Maharashtra government formation: Amid cautious approach by NCP-Congress, Shiv Sena MLAs and leaders to meet in Mumbai on 22 November

File image of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

"Uddhav Thackeray will address the meeting of party MLAs and other senior leaders on November 22 in Mumbai," said the Sena leader.  The meeting will discuss the party's future course of
action and will also see interaction with newly-elected Sena MLAs, he said.

The Sena won 56 seats in the 21 October Assembly election, but refused to form government with its pre-poll ally BJP (105 seats) after the latter turned down its demand for rotational chief ministership.

After the two saffron parties parted ways, the Sena reached out to the Congress-NCP, its political rivals till recently, to explore the possibility of forming an alternative government in the country's richest state.

However, despite several rounds of talks between leaders of the three parties in Mumbai and Delhi, possibility of a Sena-led government still remains at a nascent stage.

The Sena has repeatedly said the next chief minister will be from the party.

NCP president Sharad Pawar held a meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday. Pawar later said if the NCP-Congress have to take a view on government formation, they have to first discuss it between themselves. The two sides have deputed leaders for holding talks on a possible alliance with the Sena, a party closely associated with Hindutva and anti-Congressism.

A meeting with the Congress scheduled in Delhi on Tuesday to further discuss the possibility of government formation in Maharashtra was called off due to pre-occupation of Congress leaders with Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary events, NCP leader Nawab Malik said. He said Congress leaders requested that the meeting be postponed to Wednesday.

In the last month's polls, the NCP and the Congress, pre-poll allies, won 54 and 44 seats, respectively in the 288- member Assembly where the majority mark is 145.

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Updated Date: Nov 19, 2019 20:59:35 IST


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