Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election

Pawar expressed confidence that in the floor-test in the Legislative Assembly the alliance will have the support of more than 162 MLAs and that it will form the government and will work in the interest of people

The Common Minimum Programme (CMP) between Congress and NCP has been sealed and will be discussed with the Shiv Sena in Mumbai on Friday, sources said

After the Sharad-Sonia meeting, leaders of Congress and NCP will sit down together on Tuesday to discuss the government formation in the state

As per sources, Shiv Sena was quite keen for a swearing-in ceremony on November 17 - death anniversary of Bal Thackeray, but leaders from Congress and NCP have refuted these speculations.

Maharashtra came under President's Rule after the BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP indicated they were not willing to form a government.

Shiv Sena has insisted that the two parties had a '50-50' power-sharing agreement before the elections.

In what proved to be a cliffhanger, the contest in Haryana threw up a hung Assembly on Thursday, as the ruling BJP emerged as the single largest party with 40 seats, six short of the halfway mark needed to form the next government.

The party is also likely to have a second successive term in the office in Haryana. The party appears to short of seven seats for a majority in the state, according to latest trends from the Election Commission.

The polls are equally as crucial for the Congress which has faced desertions after its second successive debacle in the Lok Sabha polls. A strong performance will help the party in its process of electoral revival.

The electoral fate of over 4400 candidates- 1169 in Haryana and 3237 in Maharashtra will be sealed in EVMs by the voters who will exercise their democratic franchise in the assembly elections.