'Meeting Is Underway' Says Balasaheb Thorat As Congress-NCP Leaders Engage In Talks


Following speculations of a cancelled meeting, Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday said that the meeting between Congress and NCP was underway.

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The ongoing political situation in Maharashtra saw further developments after the air was cleared that the government formation talks between Congress and NCP were cancelled. Speculations arose on Wednesday after NCP leader Ajit Pawar stated that a scheduled joint committee meeting of leaders from both parties to work out details of Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for government formation with support of the Shiv Sena was called off. However, Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat took to Twitter and said that the meeting was still on. 

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Balasaheb Thorat on Congress-NCP meeting

Taking to Twitter Balasaheb Thorat said that the meeting was underway after the party leaders were available for talks. 

"A joint meeting of the Congress and NCP is underway. It was initially reported that the meeting was cancelled. I had informed the media as well, but considering the availability of the top leaders, it was decided to hold this meeting. The talks are on," said Thorat in his tweet. 

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Ajit Pawar on Congress-NCP meeting

Ajit Pawar, nephew of NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar on Wednesday told media that the meeting was cancelled. He also stated that he was heading to his Assembly constituency of Baramati in Pune district. 

"The meeting stands cancelled. I don't know when it will take place," said Pawar as he refused to answer queries. 

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"I am heading to Baramati," added Pawar. 

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar also said that his nephew will interact with the media on Thursday. 

"Ajit Pawar is very much in Mumbai...he will meet you tomorrow. The media starts following him if he says anything. This evades privacy," said Sharad Pawar

The meeting is being chaired by the top leaders from both parties. Senior NCP leaders like Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal, Nawab Malik and Dhananjay Munde are representing the party in the joint committee. Meanwhile, from the Congress' end, Balasaheb Thorat, Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Manikrao Thakare and Vijay Wadettiwar are present in the meeting. Both parties have been holding hectic parleys to work out a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for government formation, following the imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra on Tuesday. 

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Political scuffle in Maharashtra

Despite a clear majority for the Mahayuti alliance in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena and BJP failed to form the government after a dispute over Chief Minister’s post ensued. In addition, Devendra Fadnavis and Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray were engaged in a severe tussle over the post. While the Sena expressed its willingness for government formation, it requested 48 hours to garner the letters of support from the MLAs. However, Congress and NCP did not indicate a clear stand on their support to Shiv Sena, thereby resulting in the imposition of a President's Rule in Maharashtra. 

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(With PTI Inputs) 

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