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Maharashtra govt formation LIVE: Key Congress, NCP meeting under way
Maharashtra government formation LIVE updates: NCP and Shiv Sena leaders said that the political impasse in the state would end today.
Maharashtra's wait for a government continues since the assembly elections, which were held a month ago, in spite of frantic talks involving all four probable stakeholders of power - Bharatiya Janta Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena and the Congress party.
The coveted chief minister's post is the bone of contention between the former allies - Shiv Sena and BJP and the probable NCP-Congress-Sena alliance.
On Thursday, the grand old party held the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet at Sonia Gandhi's residence. According to Congress sources, the CWC has given its go-ahead to the deal to forge an alliance with the BJP's pre-poll ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
Elections to the 288-member Maharashtra assembly were held on October 21 and were fought by two alliances - BJP-Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP. The BJP-Shiv Sena coalition comfortably crossed the majority mark. However, the saffron parties severed ties with each other. Arithmetically speaking, no party in Maharashtra had the ability to form a government without the help of any other. As none of the political parties succeeded in getting the numbers, Maharashtra governor imposed President's rule on the state.