Amid their inability to form government in Maharashtra despite back to back meetings, BJP leader Ram Kadam has alleged that the Congress and NCP are trying to ‘corner’ Shiv Sena.
The BJP MLA said that despite holding several meetings over the course of the last two weeks, the three parties are nowhere close to forming a government in the state.
“Both Congress and NCP are trying to corner Shiv Sena. It is unfortunate that for the last 28 days all three parties (Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena) are holding meetings after meetings without any conclusion. When will their meetings end?” Kadam said.
“On one hand it is being shown that meetings are going on while on the other hand, senior leaders of NCP are issuing statements denying it. They have no agenda, no plan. While one party admits having a common minimum programme, the other is out-right contradicting it. Their ideologies are entirely different and they cannot take Maharashtra forward,” he added.
Notably, NCP leaders including party chief Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and Ajit Pawar, and Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan amongst others are expected to meet in Delhi today.
The meeting comes two days after Sharad Pawar met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at the latter’s residence. However, Pawar later told media persons that they did not discuss government formation in Maharashtra during the meeting.
In the Assembly elections held last month, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 105 seats, followed by the Shiv Sena (56), the NCP (54) and the Congress (48) in the 288-member House.
The Shiv Sena and BJP, which contested the assembly polls together, parted ways days after the results were declared due to disagreement over sharing the Chief Minister’s post.
The Sena subsequently reached out to NCP and Congress to seek their support in forming a government. Meanwhile, Maharashtra came under President’s Rule on November 9 after all parties failed to form the government in the state.