Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat took to Twitter and shared a letter that he received from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. In the letter, Sonia Gandhi stated that 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' will work together, in a spirit and cooperation to give the people of Maharashtra, a stable and responsive Government.
Thank you very much hon'ble Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji. pic.twitter.com/8n92jjA3MH— Balasaheb Thorat (@bb_thorat) November 28, 2019
With 'secular' scripted on the first line, the unconventional alliance led by the saffron party, released the Common Minimum Program on Thursday. According to the Common Minimum Program, the alliance of Sena-NCP-Congress begins with a preamble stating that the coalition is committed to upholding the "secular values" enshrined in the Constitution. Indicating an explicit shift in Shiv Sena's politics, since its inception. It read, "The alliance partners commit to upholding the secular values enshrined in the Constitution. On the contentious issue of national importance as well as of state importance especially having repercussions/consequences on the secular fabric of the nation, the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress will take a joint view after holding consultations and arriving at a consensus."
In the four page document, the three parties decided to keep the issues of farmers, unemployment, health, industry, social injustice, women empowerment, education and urban development at the crux of their coalition. The 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' have decided that the Deputy CM will be from the NCP and the Congress will get the Speaker's post.
After gaining power of India's richest civic body - the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 1985, the 'sixth floor' CM office in Mumbai's Mantralay has evaded the Shiv Sena ever since. Fulfilling one of Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray's dreams - as claimed by Shiv Sainiks - Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray becomes the first Thackeray Chief Minister, putting Sena finally in its coveted CM post.