Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan expressed hope on Wednesday that his party, the NCP and the Shiv Sena would be able to form the government in Maharashtra. He said that there was excellent coordination between the two allies. Refusing to divulge any details of the discussions with NCP, he mentioned that the Congress meeting took place on Wednesday. Furthermore, he revealed that Congress leaders had met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in the morning and they would continue to hold further talks.
Ashok Chavan remarked, "We are yet to discuss a lot of things. Unless we discuss with our ally NCP, I will not be in a position to tell you what is happening. Initially, there was a meeting to be held. but till now there has been no meeting. We will see. If any meeting is called again by the NCP, we will meet. There is excellent coordination between the Congress and NCP. There is no problem.” Regarding his meet with the Sena chief, Chavan said, “We met Uddhav in the morning. Initial discussion took place.” Responding to a question about the possibility of forming a government with Shiv Sena and NCP, he commented, “Yeah, let’s hope.”
Despite the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance securing a comfortable majority in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, they could not form the government owing to a dispute over the Chief Minister’s post. After caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray traded barbs on November 8, BJP refused to accept the invite to form the government. While the Sena expressed its willingness for government formation, it requested 48 hours to garner the letters of support from the MLAs. Contrary to its expectation, Congress and NCP remained non-committal in extending support. Later, President's Rule was imposed in the state after the Governor deemed that it was impossible to constitute a stable government.