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Political parties have to choose their path: Sharad Pawar on government formation in Maharashtra

Speaking to media in Parliament, Sharad Pawar said, "BJP-Shiv Sena fought together, we (NCP) and Congress fought together in the elections. They have to choose their path and we will do our politics."

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  • Many senior NCP, Sena and Congress leaders started to arrived in Delhi by Sunday evening as their draft Common Minimum Programme for governance will get the formal seal of approval in the national capital. From Monday, the Sanjay Raut-led Shiv Sena will showcase the post-poll realignment in both the Houses when they move from treasury NDA benches.

    Maharashtra's next government will be led by the Shiv Sena and the common minimum programme being worked out along with the Congress and the NCP ahead of its formation will be in the "state's interest", said party spokesman Sanjay Raut on Friday. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party will lead the government for the next "25 years" and not just 5 years, claimed Raut.

    The lawyer representing Shiv Sena in the apex court told PTI that the party has preferred not to mention the petition. The lawyer said another petition challenging the imposition of President's rule in the state was being readied. The Shiv Sena had on Tuesday moved SC challenging the Maharashtra governor's decision but failed to get an urgent hearing.

    Uddhav Thackeray, 59, a regional leader, stood up and held his ground against a national party (BJP) over tussle for sharing power, a political analyst said on condition of anonymity. Now, he will have to prove his credentials as a leader who can navigate a new political path with parties like the Congress and NCP, which are ideologically different.

    Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat Manikrao Thakre and Rajani Patil stressed the need to seize the opportunity offered by the collapse of saffron coalition after the polls. Among the reasons offered was the restlessness among the MLAs to be part of government. All the legislators are said to have “won on their own” and were becoming “aggressive”.

    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. Later, the NCP, which is the third largest party in the state, got an invite from the governor.

    Congress leaders postponed their visit after NCP chief Sharad Pawar conveyed that state leaders of both the parties will first discuss the "terms and conditions" of government formation

    Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal are reaching Mumbai on Tuesday morning to hold parleys with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

    Shiv Sena president Thackeray said that he would fulfill the promise made to his father, late Sena founder Bal Thackeray, to install a Sena chief minister in the state, and does not need Fadnavis or Amit Shah for this. Thackeray addressed the media soon after Fadnavis handed over his resignation to Maha Guv, and was asked to continue as caretaker CM.

    After a 15-day acrimonious verbal spat with ally Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Fadnavis is to continue till an alternate arrangement is made. Addressing a news conference, Fadnavis said that it was hurtful and shocking that the Sena had not cooperated.

    It is not in the interest of the nation or the state for such political uncertainty in the state that houses India’s commercial and financial capital. Both parties should respect the will of the people, which is for a BJP-Shiv Sena alliance to form the government. They should show flexibility and accommodation in sharing office and deliver responsible govt.

    The BJP, led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, managed to form a minority government with the support of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to clear the floor test. The Sena opted to sit in the Opposition for around a month, and then walked lock, stock and barrel into the treasury benches, leaving even the NCP dazed.

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