Maha Muddle: Top posts conundrum delaying govt formation in Maharashtra

Mumbai: The Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena are in principle agreed to form the government in Maharashtra but the tug of war between the NCP and Sena is continue over the sharing the chief minister post.

According to the sources, earlier NCP chief Sharad Pawar had confidential meeting with the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray where Pawar had conceded the CM post for entire five term to Shiv Sena. “While the NCP and the Congress will get the deputy CM post. But now the senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar is insisting sharing the CM post at rotation basis. That has delayed the talk and government formations in Maharashtra,” said senior Congress leader requested anonymity.

Congress leader and ex-chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said that both the Congress and the NCP had round of meeting on Wednesday and Thursday where they finalised the common minimum program.

Chavan said that once this CMP is finalised, then “We will have meeting with the Sena leadership. In this Mumbai meeting, things will be much more clear.”

Sources in NCP said that the Sena and the NCP has got the 54 and 56 number of seats. “There is no much difference between the NCP and the Sena seats. And, Sena was asking only for 2.5 years CMship from the BJP. We are ready to given the CM post in the beginning but they have to share it rest of the period to NCP. Then only, it will be equal power sharing as per the strength. Since the inception of the NCP, we did get the CM post. Now, the time has come. If we will not get now, then when” asked the senior NCP leader.

Sources in Shiv Sena said that the Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will be the next chief minister of Maharashtra while in NCP, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Jitendra Awhad are vying for this deputy CM post. In Congress, the Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and former CM Ashok Chavan are the two prominent faces for this second top post.

Maharashtra Congress has called its MLAs meeting on Friday to select its legislature party leader.

On the other hand, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has also called his MLAs meeting on Friday. He has called them with eight days luggage, ID card and Aadhar card. Sources in Sena said that after the Sena MLAs meeting, they may fly to Jaipur in Rajasthan. “The Sena MLAs will be kept at the safe place still the government formation process is not completed. Rajasthan is the Congress ruled state and the Sena will be new alliance partner of the Congress party in new government,” said senior Sena leader.

Shiv Sena MLAs may head to Jaipur: Highly placed sources reveal that Shiv Sena MLAs could be brought to Jaipur, in the same fashion as the Congress MLAs. It is believed that the Congress leaders could help out the MLAs in their stay and other management issues for which Avinash Pande could be the “point man”. However, Pande could be “activated” only after a green-signal by the high command. it is believed that the Sena MLAs could be housed in the same resort as Congress’s.