CWC meet at Sonia Gandhi’s residence to discuss political situation in Maharashtra

BJP’s Maharashtra unit chief Chandrakant Patil said that his party would not form the government in the state

New Delhi: The Congress party held a Congress Working Committee meeting to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra at party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi on Monday.

Earlier today, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the meeting will be held at 10 am. “Today there is a meeting at 10:00 am then we will do whatever the high command will suggest. Our original stand is that we will sit in the opposition as people gave us mandate to sit in the opposition and we will do the same,” Kharge told ANI.

When questioned about Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi’s recent conversation with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, he said: “I do not know anything about Thackeray calling Sonia Gandhi.”

This comes a day after BJP’s Maharashtra unit chief Chandrakant Patil said that his party would not form the government in Maharashtra.

Following the BJP’s announcement, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that new Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be from his party at any cost.

Meanwhile, Senior NCP leader Nawab Malik had said the Shiv Sena will have to sever its all relations with the BJP to get his party’s support in forming the government in the state.

He said that the NCP might support Sena if the party left BJP-led NDA and its party leader Arvind Sawant resigns from the Central Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise. Following this, Sawant on Monday announced that he will resign from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.

Uddhav meets Sharad Pawar

Amid the stalemate over government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met NCP President Sharad Pawar in Mumbai. The Shiv Sena chief was accompanied by his son Aaditya, as he called on Pawar at an undisclosed location. They are at present holding parleys at their party levels on whether to support a Shiv Sena-led govt.

Congress calls meeting of party leaders from state

Congress on Monday called a meeting of party leaders from Maharashtra to discuss the political situation in the state. The decision was taken in a Congress Working Committee meeting held at the residence of Congress interim President this morning. “In our CWC meeting, a detailed discussion took place on the situation in Maharashtra. We are calling senior leaders of Maharashtra for further discussions at 4 pm,” senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters after the meeting. Kharge arrived in the national capital from Jaipur where Maharashtra Congress MLAs are currently staying.

Not an easy decision: Congress

New Delhi: Aligning with the Shiv Sena to form an alternative government in Maharashtra is not likely to be an easy decision for the Congress as the two parties are “not like-minded” or “ideologically aligned.” Congress in the past has been reluctant to have any truck with Shiv Sena but a change in circumstances, in which BJP has refused to form the govt in Maharashtra, may evoke a change of stance from the party. Shiv Sena Minister Arvind Sawant has resigned from Central govt led by PM Modi & a few Cong MLAs are keen to be a part of the non-BJP alternative in Maharashtra.

Govt formation of utmost importance

Gwalior: Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that an odd situation has presented itself in Maharashtra but the formation of a government in the state is of utmost importance. When asked about the political situation in Maharashtra, he said: “Discussions are underway on the matter but it is of utmost importance that a government is formed in Maharashtra.” “An odd situation has presented itself in Maharashtra. The mandate was for the BJP and Shiv Sena alliance but they did not form the government,” Scindia said.

Sena to work towards a CMP, says Raut

Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that his party is working towards a common minimum programme (CMP) with NCP and Congress in a bid to form a coalition government in Maharashtra. “Sharad Pawar and Congress want that we should form the government which should run on a common minimum programme (CMP). There is a need for it today. We are working towards it.”Later, he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital after he complained of chest pain.

NCP to wait till ally Congress’ decision

Nationalist Congress Party chief Nawab Malik said that his party will wait for its ally Congress to take a call on supporting Sena to form a govt in Maharashtra as they had both fought the recent Assembly polls together. “We are waiting for Congress to take a decision. We fought elections together and whatever will be decided, it will be decided together,” he said after the party’s core group meeting. “Congress MLAs are in favour of supporting Shiv Sena-led government, but CWC is the supreme body to decide on their party line,” he said.