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Updated: November 5, 2009 20:21 IST

Leaders meet Sonia for Maharashtra govt. formation talks

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The series of meetings with Ms. Gandhi came amid indications by the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan that the government formation would take place within 48 hours.
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The series of meetings with Ms. Gandhi came amid indications by the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan that the government formation would take place within 48 hours.

The process of government formation in Maharashtra gained momentum on Thursday evening with consultations by State and central leaders with party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, former chief minister of the State, had a meeting with Ms. Gandhi on the issue.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan also arrived here in the evening for talks with the central leaders. Senior party leader and Defence Minister A K Antony, the in-charge of party affairs in Maharashtra also met Ms. Gandhi along with her political secretary Ahmed Patel.

Himachal Pradesh Governor Prabha Rau who is also a former PCC chief of Maharashtra too met the Congress president.

The series of meetings came amid indications by the Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday that government formation will take place within 48 hours.

The issue of government formation has been pending for the last 14 days and on Wednesday Governor S C Jamir asked the coalition partners Congress and NCP to honour the mandate of the people.

The Maharashtra election results were declared on October 22 in which the Congress-NCP was voted back to power for a third consecutive term but deadlock continued between the two coalition partners for the allocation of portfolios with NCP asking Congress to stick to the 1999 formula.

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