The Congress and Nationalist Congress Party along with Shiv Sena are in their final steps to seal the “deal” of Maharashtra. Sources reveal that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has consented to entering into an alliance with the ideologically opposite Shiv Sena to form government in Maharashtra.
CONGRESS, NCP & SHIV SENA TO UNITE ON “POWER SHARING” DEAL
The two main factors remain : Power Sharing & the Common Minimum Programme (CMP). While Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has been confident that they will form a government in Maharashtra in first week of December, he has been joined in the chorus by former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan who expressed confidence of forming a “stable” government soon.
MAHARASHTRA LIKELY TO HAVE A NCP CHIEF MINISTER
Sources say that the final deal encompasses a masterstroke by Sharad Pawar who has reportedly convinced both Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray and Congress President Sonia Gandhi that the CM’s post should be rotational – with Shiv Sena CM have a 2.5 years term while NCP CM have the other 2.5 years term while Congress can have Dy CM for all 5 years. The state plunged into political crisis after the Sena broke its three-decade-old ties with the BJP after the latter refused to accede to its demand of sharing the chief minister’s post. The BJP and the Sena, which fought the October 21 Assembly polls in alliance, had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively. The Sena then began talks with the Congress-NCP alliance.
NEW ALLIANCE SENTIMENTS ARE ROOTED IN “MARATHI ASMITA”
The changing political equations in Maharashtra are also being seen as a Marathi versus Gujrati divide. The under currents of this was being felt for too long in Maharashtra but it came out in the open ahead of the polls when the ED initiated enquiry against Sharad Pawar in Rs 25000 Crore Bank scam in Maharashtra. The action on the Maratha strongman united Marathi Asmita sentiments. So much that despite their alliance in the polls, Uddhav Thackeray had indirectly lashed BJP for “vendetta politics” during his speech at Shiv Sena’s Dussera rally.
This emotion has completely blossomed now as many see the new equation in Maharashtra as a direct take on between powerful Maharashtrian leaders Sharad Pawar – Uddhav Thackeray versus the nation top political duo PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah – who hail from Gujrat. #ZebaWarsia – NMTV News.