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Maharashtra CM post will go to Shiv Sena, says NCP

Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP leaders during a joint meeting for a Common Minimum Programme, in Mumbai, on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP leaders during a joint meeting for a Common Minimum Programme, in Mumbai, on Thursday, November 14, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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The Sena is, at present, working with the NCP and the Congress on a common minimum programme.

The Chief Minister’s post in Maharashtra will go to the Shiv Sena in the government being planned by the saffron party with the NCP and the Congress, NCP chief spokesman Nawab Malik has said.

The Shiv Sena contested the October 21 Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP as part of the ‘Mahayuti’ (mega alliance), which was in a comfortable position to form government in the State, winning 161 seats in the 288-member house.

The two parties, however, fell out after the Uddhav Thackeray-led party persisted with its demand of sharing the chief minister’s post on a rotational basis.

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The Sena is at present working with the NCP and the Congress on a common minimum programme (CMP) that will guide the actions of the government the three parties plan to form. “The Chief Minister will be from the Shiv Sena. It walked away from the ‘Mahayuti’ on the issue of the chief minister’s post.

 

“It is our responsibility to respect its sentiment,” Mr. Malik said.

The three parties are likely to be part of the government and are engaged in negotiations over the sharing of portfolios, sources said. Earlier, the Congress was expected to support the government from outside.

“The Congress must be part of the government to ensure its stability,” sources in the NCP said. The BJP emerged as the single largest party, winning 105 seats in the election, followed by the Shiv Sena with 56 seats.

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The NCP and the Congress, also pre-poll allies, won 54 and 44 seats, respectively. Any party or alliance seeking to form government in the state needs to secure support of at least 145 MLAs on the floor of the House.

The State is currently under President’s rule. At a meeting here on Thursday, representatives of the NCP, the Congress and the Sena prepared a draft CMP, which will be forwarded for approval to top leaders of the three parties.

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