Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met senior party leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and AK Antony at her residence in the national capital. She had summoned them to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra. As per sources, Gandhi warned the aforesaid leaders and asked them to ensure that the Karnataka fiasco is not repeated in Maharashtra. Earlier on Monday, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar held talks with her at a time when President’s Rule has been imposed in Maharashtra.
Delhi: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi meets party leaders Ahmed Patel, AK Antony and Mallikarjun Kharge, at her residence, to discuss political situation in Maharashtra. pic.twitter.com/iS7yX1bwgS— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2019
After a hung assembly in the 2018 Karnataka Assembly election, Congress stitched a post-poll alliance with its then rival Janata Dal (Secular) to keep the BJP out of power, despite the latter being the single largest party. As the CM post went to HD Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) which had bagged only 37 seats in the election, there was a lot of dissidence in the Congress camp. Moreover, the Lok Sabha results witnessed the BJP putting up a phenomenal performance gaining 25 out of 28 seats in the state. Eventually, 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs rebelled, after which the government lost the trust vote on the floor of the Assembly. Even after being relegated to the opposition benches after the BJP government assumed charge in the state, JD(S) and Congress are at complete loggerheads with each other. For instance, they are contesting the upcoming by-elections in Karnataka separately even as the survival of the BS Yediyurappa-led government depends on winning at least 6 out of the 15 seats.
Since none of the major political parties could garner enough numbers for government formation, President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra on November 12. Hectic parlays have been going on in the NCP, Shiv Sena, and Congress camps to forge a post-poll alliance in the state. Sources also indicated that a formula has been worked out whereby the Sena would get the CM’s post for 5 years. However, all three parties would have ministers proportionate to their strength in the Maharashtra assembly. As per the sources, the Sena, NCP, and Congress could get 16, 14 and 12 ministries respectively.