Hailing the Shiv Sena's newfound friendship with NCP-Congress, Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, on Saturday, has tweeted that the new season has made him forget old wounds. Quoting Indian poet Bashir Badr, Raut tweeted a couplet expressing his gratitude to the new political scenario which has 'healed' old differences between Sena and the NCP-Congress. The unlikely alliance is set to meet the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 4:30 PM on Saturday to discuss farmers' issues and the other governance issues.
Meanwhile, former CM Devendra Fadnavis has told the BJP MLAs and cadres in a meeting on Friday that they will soon form government in the state. Similarly, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar stated that a Sena-NCP-Congress government will be formed which will run for 5 years while addressing reporters in Nagpur. The NCP supremo will meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over the weekend to finalise the Common Minimum Programme. The draft of the CMP has been submitted by the joint committee of the three parties to their respective chiefs.
Earlier on Friday, sources have reported that the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance has decided on a formula, with the Sena retaining the CM post for all 5 years. Sources further report that the cabinet will be split with Sena getting 16 portfolios, NCP -14 and Congress will get 12 berths. The draft CMP reportedly zeroed on the portfolios split, target issues. etc. Sena and BJP's Maharashtra battle reached a national level as Sena's 18 Lok Sabha MPs too decided on Thursday to boycott the all MPs meeting on November 17 prior to the Winter session of the Parliament.
President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra on Tuesday after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was satisfied that none of the parties - Shiv Sena, BJP, Congress, and NCP could not form a stable government. Sena which initially challenged the move in the Supreme Court has put a hold on its plea, as the three parties try to stitch an alliance to form the next government. The Mahayuti alliance fell out with the Sena insisting an equal sharing of CM post for 2.5 years and portfolios, while BJP refused to these demands. The saffron alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56), while the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-54, Congress-44) bagged 98 seats in total. The halfway mark is 145.