Congress-NCP will talk to Shiv Sena after finality in talks: Ahmed Patel

NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that they would hold further discussions about the formation of a non-BJP government in the state.

Written by November 12, 2019 21:31

New Delhi: Senior leaders of Congress and NCP on Tuesday held discussions about government formation in Maharashtra and said they will talk to Shiv Sena after reaching a finality about their own talks.

Addressing a joint press conference, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that they would hold further discussions about the formation of a non-BJP government in the state.

Ahmed Patel

The joint press conference was held hours after President’s Rule in the state.

Patel said that Shiv Sena made formal contact with the party for the first time on Monday and “it is necessary that there should be clarity on some issues”.

“Only after that some decision can be taken. First, we will talk, let there be clarification and after that, we will talk to Shiv Sena,” he said.

Patel also talked about clarity on the common minimum programme . “The day there is a decision and there is clarity, we will talk to Shiv Sena,” he said.

Pawar said there had been no discussion between them on the CMP.

He said Congress and NCP had fought the elections on a common manifesto and there were no differences between them on the issues of governance.

“We had a common manifesto. When we sit with Shiv Sena then we will discuss our issues with them. We have not started our discussions with them yet,” he added.

‘Sena first approached NCP on 11th November’

NCP leader Praful Patel also said that Shiv Sena first contacted the party formally on Monday. “We will discuss all the issues and then take a decision,” he said.

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Congress leaders Praful Patel, Mallikurjan Kharge and KC Venugopal flew from Delhi to have talks with Pawar.

NCP and Congress had fought the polls as allies. NCP has won 54 seats and Congress won 44.

Ahmed Patel also slammed the imposition of President’s Rule in the state. (ANI)