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Latest News : Maharashtra govt formation LIVE Updates: Shiv Sena will skip NDA meet in Delhi, says Sanjay Raut ahead of Parliament’s Winter Session – Firstpost

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Maharashtra govt formation LATEST Updates: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress and Shiv Sena are scheduled to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 4.30 pm on Saturday to discuss farmers distress and unemployment.
Ahead of Winter Session of Parliament, which is scheduled to be conducted from Monday, Sanjay Raut said Shiv Sena will skip the National Democratic Party (NDA) meeting in Delhi.
Taking a swipe at the BJP, the Shiv Sena alleged that the saffron party, who now exuded confidence in forming government in Maharashtra after backing off initially, made its intention of horse-trading under the guise of President’s rule evident.
The three parties – Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – are likely to meet Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday at 4.30 pm to discuss the ‘wet drought’ facing the state’s farmers.
The first-ever Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra appears to be taking shape with Sharad Pawar on Friday announcing that the prospective government will complete five-year term and provide a development-oriented administration.
The three-party coalition, a new experiment in Maharashtra involving outfits with diverse ideologies, will be led by the Sena, leaders in the Uddhav Thackeray-party and the NCP said, settling the contentious leadership issue that resulted in the unravelling of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
The three parties on Thursday prepared a draft common minimum programme (CMP) that will guide their fledgling coalition’s agenda, where politics has broadly revolved around the BJP-Sena and Congress-NCP blocs in the last two decades.
Coalition govt will complete 5 years: Pawar
File photo of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday stated that a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will be formed and it will complete a five-year term,  ruling out the possibility of mid-term polls in the state currently under President’s Rule.
Speaking to reporters in Nagpur, Pawar said the three parties want to form a stable government which will be development-oriented. “There is no possibility of mid-term polls. This government will be formed and it will complete five years. We all will ensure this government runs for five years,” Pawar said.
Asked whether the BJP was holding discussion with the NCP over government formation in the state, the former Union minister said his party was holding talks with only the Sena, the Congress and other allies.
Pawar also weighed in on how the Opposition alliance of Congress and NCP will form a coalition with the Shiv Sena, which espouses Hindutva as one of its principles. He said, “…But it is true, the Congress or NCP always talk about secularism. We are not against Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism. But we are the people who insist on secularism when it comes to running a government. I don’t know yet what was the discussion among our allies on this issue,” he said.
The former Union agriculture minister, who visited some villages in the district to assess the damage caused to crops due to untimely rains, said he will raise the issue of assistance to farmers before the Centre.
‘CM’s post to be given to Shiv Sena’
Meanwhile, Pawar’s colleague and NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the chief minister’s post will go to the Shiv Sena. “The chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena. It walked away from the ‘Mahayuti’ (grand alliance) on the issue of the chief minister’s post. It is our responsibility to respect its sentiment,” Malik said.
However, Pawar remained non-committal on the topic of who will be named as the chief minister. “If someone asks for the chief minister’s post, then we will think about it,” NCP chief said.
Malik was also quoted by reports as saying that a government is likely to be formed in 20 days. He further said that a final decision on government formation will be taken after the meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Pawar on 17 November.
Parties to meet Maharashtra guv tomorrow
The three parties are also likely to meet Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday to discuss the ‘wet drought’ facing the state’s farmers.
Malik was quoted by News18 India as dismissing the media reports that suggested that the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena will stake claim to form government in their meeting with Koshyari on Saturday.
He said, “Yes, we are going to meet the governor tomorrow. But any reportage suggesting that it is to stake a claim for government formation is false. We are meeting the governor because the administration of Maharashtra is at a standstill since the imposition of President’s Rule.
“Several applications for funds from chief minister’s relief funds are pending. Farmers are suffering. So we will meet government to discuss on these issues.”
Devendra Fadnavis, former Maharashtra chief minister, on Friday called on Koshyari and urged him to release funds for the farmers affected by unseasonal rains.
Fadnavis also sought reopening and smooth functioning of the CM Relief Fund through the governor’s office to ensure timely help for needy persons as the state was currently under President’s Rule.  He claimed that the governor had accepted both his demands.
‘Shiv Sena will lead Maharashtra for 25 years’
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Maharashtra’s next government will be led by his party, and that the CMP — which is to be forwarded to the high commands of all three parties — will be in the “state’s interest”.
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