Sonia Gandhi Wants Quick Decision On Maharashtra But Sharad Pawar Seeks More Time
Sharad Pawar met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra. The veteran leader and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief denied having any discussion on government formation in Maharashtra?
What did Sharad Pawar say about alliance with Shiv Sena?
Mr. Pawar said that Shiv Sena fought election separately with BJP, while NCP had a pre-poll alliance with Congress. He further said that there forming an alliance with Shiv Sena that has snapped its ties with BJP wasn’t possible. Also, he continuously dodged media questions about Shiv Sena’s claim to form government with NCP and Congress.
What is the political equation in Maharashtra?
BJP emerged as the biggest party with 105 seats and it has a clear majority with 56 seats of Shiv Sena that is its long-term ally. NCP is just two seats short of Sena and Congress is at 44. Together Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress can from a government and Sharad Pawar has already said that they can give stable government in Maharashtra but the modalities f of government formation are yet to be worked out.
What is the role of Congress in Maharashtra government formation?
Being the smallest party in the coalition, it is playing the role of a kingmaker. Sonia Gandhi is under pressure from Maharashtra Congress leaders that want to support Shiv Sena to keep BJP out of power. Also, the Congress and NCP have given hints of softening their stands on Sena by not contesting elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor in BMC.