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    No decision on backing Shiv Sena yet, policies must be decided first: Congress-NCP

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    The press conference was attended by Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Veugopal, deputed by the party president Sonia Gandhi to hold further talks with the NCP on the issue.

    Both parties are still to decide on numerous issues.
    MUMBAI: The Congress and NCP said on Tuesday evening that they had not taken any decision about supporting the Shiv Sena to form government in Maharashtra yet, but will hold further discussions.

    At a joint press conference with Congress leaders, NCP president Sharad Pawar said the two parties will discuss and evolve a consensus on what should be the policies and programs if the Shiv Sena was to be supported.

    The press conference was attended by Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Veugopal, deputed by the party president Sonia Gandhi to hold further talks with the NCP on the issue.

    "We (Congress and NCP leaders) discussed the nitty gritty of a (possible) common minimum programme to ensure the government functions smoothly," he said.

    Policies and programs of the government will have to be finalised before making a claim to form government, Pawar added.

    Ahmed Patel said the Shiv Sena, which had contested the elections in alliance with the BJP, approached the Congress-NCP formally only on Monday, seeking support.

    No final decision can be taken about supporting the Sena without first formulating the common minimum program, Patel added.

    He also condemned the imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra, saying his party was not given the chance to stake claim to form government.

    The Shiv Sena on Monday suffered a setback in its efforts to cobble up a non-BJP government in Maharashtra with the Congress at the last moment announcing its decision to hold more talks with ally NCP on supporting the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.

    On Tuesday, Governor B K Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, recommending President's rule in the state which is facing a political impasse since the Assembly poll results of October 24; following which President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra.
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    8 Comments on this Story

    Sachin Mali310 days ago
    By policies, NCP and CONgress mean how to share the loot of power.
    vijayankg310 days ago
    ncp and congress alltogether have 105 MLAs. SS has to be only third party.so far they have not called SS for talks.there is even a great chance of poaching SS MLAs by Congress ncp combine or by BJP. better Udhav should understand this and realign with BJP to save his party
    Tushar 310 days ago
    shri sanjay raut where is that file with 175 names supporting your party????
    udhav has probably learnt a lesson that not all journalist can run a political outfit. its a specialist job. balasaheb cant be replaced by a lookalike raut.
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