Sena to get full-term CM in prospective coalition with NCP, Congress


Maharashtra: Shiv Sena will get a full-term chief minister in a prospective coalition government with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, sources say.

The Congress and the NCP will get to appoint one deputy chief minister each from their ranks. The Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress will get 14, 14, and 12 ministers, respectively.

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The three parties’ common minimum programme will focus on farmer and youth issues, and there’s no mention of Hindutva-related issues.

Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, the respective leaders of those two parties, will meet this weekend.

There are two contentious issues that have yet to be resolved: the Shiv Sena’s demand for a Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, and the Congress-NCP demand for a 5 per cent reservation for Muslims.

President’s Rule was imposed in Maharashtra on Tuesday after the Governor informed the Centre that a stable government couldn’t be formed in the prevailing situation despite his efforts.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena won a combined majority in last month’s assembly election, but couldn’t see eye to eye on the idea that the chief minister’s job should be subject to a rotational policy.

The impasse continued when individual parties were invited to try and form administrations, and President’s Rule was imposed.