Wed, 11 Dec 2019

New Delhi [India], Nov 20 (ANI): Amid uncertainty over the government formation in Maharashtra, Congress leaders from the state met party's senior leadership here on Wednesday.

Maharashtra Congress leaders including state chief Balasahab Thorat, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and Naseem Khan held a meeting with party leaders KC Venugopal and party in-charge for Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge at AICC headquarters.

According to sources, a meeting between the top leaders of NCP and Congress is also scheduled to be held later in the day. It will take place at the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's resident at in the national capital at 5 pm.

Earlier, speaking to ANI, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "Today, there is a meeting of the Congress and NCP leaders at 6 Janpath in Sharad Pawar's residence."In that meeting, leaders of both the parties from Maharashtra and Delhi will discuss the current political situation in Maharashtra.

"There is a presidential rule in Maharashtra. People and farmers are suffering. The administration has been collapsed. There should be an alternative government. There is a meeting between the two parties to find a solution," Malik said.

Maharashtra came under President's Rule after all the parties failed to form a government in the state.

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.

Shiv Sena parted its ways with BJP only to explore ways to form a government. It, however, failed to prove the support of the required number of MLAs in the time given by Governor BS Koshyari.

The Governor had then invited NCP, the third-largest party, to prove its ability to form the government failing which President's Rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday.

The Shiv Sena is now in parleys with the Congress and NCP to form a government in the state.

The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44. (ANI)

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