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Tuesday 28 January 2020

Congress to help in Maha’ govt formation under 5 conditions

They just begin with not letting a Thackeray be the chief minister, but even otherwise, Congress and NCP leaders are not getting along well

In the meeting of the Congress Working Committee in New Delhi on the ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra, important decisions have been made. Sources say they have put five conditions before the NCP and Shiv Sena to form a coalition government in Maharashtra.

First, the oldest party does not want the chief minister to be from the Thackeray family.

Second, it has asked for a draft common minimum programme, the content of which it will study to decide whether it should support such a government.

Third, Sonia Gandhi’s party has demanded a coordination committee for cooperation between the three parties.

Fourth, the Congress wants portfolio allocation on the basis of a ratio of one minister for every four MLAs from a party

Fifth, the Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha should be from the Congress.

After the NCP was invited to form the government yesterday, a delegation of Congress leaders went to Mumbai today and to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Senior Congress politicians Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Ahmed Patel are meeting Pawar this afternoon. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has spoken to Pawar over the phone.

KC Venugopal shared the information about the goings-on with a tweet.

The NCP is supposed to meet the governor by 8 PM to stake claim to form the government. But till now, the Congress has not made its stand clear to the NCP. At times, the Congress says the State leadership would decide on it, at other times its leaders throw the ball back into the party high command’s court. The party has 44 MLAs in Maharashtra, 40 of whom are lodged in Jaipur in the ‘fear of being poached’.

A meeting on the fate of governance of Maharashtra was held on Tuesday morning at Sonia Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi. AK Antony and KC Venugopal attended this meeting. It was decided there that a delegation would go to Mumbai.

A glitch remains as NCP and Congress leaders have begun trading accusations. The proposed coalition is betraying mutual mistrust even before it is formed.

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