Sonia ‘on board’ but Pawar: NCP chief Sharad Pawar was ready to “wait it out” before staking claim to form power in Maharashtra told a Congress leader privy to conversations between the allies. Meanwhile, an NCP leader HT spoke to agreed that “there was a tremendous amount of politics going moment it looks like it is all going wire”. As of beginning Tuesday morning, Congress President Sonia Gandhi was supporting NCP’s effort, but it seemed that the senior Maratha congressman was reassessing his options.
Sonia ‘on board’ but Pawar, It learns that the senior Congress strategist and Sonia loyalist Ahmed Patel won’t go to Mumbai today. Still, a party in charge of Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and general secretary, Organisation, will go. The gathering was supposed to meet Pawar to finalise the deal. The source told this could be due to “mixed signals” alternated between the Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena.
However, the developments, do not rule out gov formation as NCP has made time till 8:30 pm to inform the governor if it has the expected numbers.
A senior Shivsena leader said HT that till night on Mon, the support was all settled. ‘The Congress leaders are getting to Mumbai to support NCP, and we will form the gov. If things have improved since then, then I am not sure,” he said.
There is no certainty if NCP would start efforts to lead the government or continue to urge Congress to become a part of a Sena-led dispensation if Pawar chooses to go ahead.
Shiv Sena’s bid to form a government with NCP and Congress couldn’t complete before 7:30 pm on Monday
the deadline set by Raj Bhavan-since Sonia Gandhi not convinced with the idea of going with Sena
The party’s fierce ideological foe in Maharashtra. The NCP, too, decided to hold back support Sena consult pre-poll partner decision.