Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday while addressing a joint press conference with Congress stated that "Congress and NCP are yet to hold talks with Shiv Sena." Speaking about the issues and other points of what a common minimum programme could be, Pawar said, "We still have not started discussing any issues and pointers with Shiv Sena. When it comes to the manifesto, Congress and NCP nearly have a similar one. But, we still have not held any discussions about it with the Sena." The remarks expose the Shiv Sena, which had gone to the Governor just 24 hours earlier seeking to form a government with parties it had fought against for decades up till that point, without having any clear understanding of finer points in place.
Speaking about the power distribution between the three parties, the NCP chief said, "Power distribution is not the question now. We will hold talks with Shiv Sena." Further, Pawar stated that "We have ample amount of time given by the Governor."
President Ram Nath Kovind, on Tuesday, has accepted the Maharashtra Governor's recommendation and implemented President's rule in the state. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has confirmed that now Maharashtra assembly is under suspended animation after the President officially signed the order. If no party stakes claim within six months, fresh elections will be held in the state. Furthermore, MHA has stated that the Governor's report submitted to the department had said that it is unlikely neither party can form a stable government in the state. According to the MHA, the Governor had also shared that he had made all attempts to form a government but its attempts had failed.
Meanwhile, Sena has already approached the Supreme Court challenging the same. A 26-page petition has been filed by the Shiv Sena against the Centre and has made Congress and NCP - the parties to the petition. Shiv Sena has approached senior Congress leader and advocate Kapil Sibal to represent the party in the Supreme Court. Shiv Sena has challenged the inadequate time allotted to the party by the governor to form a government as it failed to cobble up a coalition with the NCP-Congress support.