Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has put an end to the speculation surrounding the Maharashtra government formation as the regional saffron party has reached an agreement with the Congress-NCP, wherein the later are ready to give the CM post to Shiv Sena for a full tenure of 5 years. According to reports, Shiv Sena is all set to form a prospective collision government with Congress-NCP in Maharashtra.
Reports also confirm that Maharashtra is all set to have two Deputy CMs as both Congress and the NCP get to appoint one each from their ranks. Sources say, the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress will get 16, 14, and 12 ministers, respectively.
Meanwhile, talking on the development, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that a "Common Minimum Programme will be in the interest of Maharashtra."
In this Common Minimum Program, issues such as farmers' debt waiver, compensation for crop loss, education, health will be given priority. The final draft will be handed over to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on being asked 'if Shiv Sena CM will be for 5 years or CM will be for 2.5 years each from NCP and Shiv Sena?': Hum toh chahte hain aane wale 25 saal tak Shiv Sena ka CM rahe, aap 5 saal ki baat kyun karte ho. pic.twitter.com/ZH69LUDoTG— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2019
The three parties' have reportedly agreed to a common minimum programme which will focus mainly on issues related to farmers and youth. As per sources, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar will meet during the weekend to formalise the terms
Amidst the finalisation of terms, the two contentious issues that are likely to be worked on are:
- Shiv Sena's demand for Bharat Ratna for RSS man Vir Savarkar.
- Congress-NCP's demand for 5 per cent reservation for the Muslims.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari imposed President's rule in Maharashtra after an action-packed Tuesday (November 12) when the political activity in Maharashtra had intensified after fast-developing negotiations between the Shiv Sena and the Congress-NCP alliance.
Aditya Thackeray had reached the Raj Bhavan in the evening to ask for extra time to form government in Maharashtra but the Governor had refused to give the extra time to Sena.