Will Shiv Sena agree to ‘split’ term for CM’s post with NCP?

NEW DELHI: A “positive” meeting between Congress and NCP on Wednesday raised the prospect of a coalition comprising them and the Sena forming the government in Maharashtra by next week.
At a joint press conference after lengthy discussions, Congress and NCP announced they will form a “stable” government and end the political uncertainty in the state.

Following another round of meetings late in the night, Congress leader and former CM Prithviraj Chavan said, “We have made significant progress. We will meet again tomorrow and then head to Mumbai for a discussion with the Shiv Sena on Friday. A big announcement in the evening could be expected.”

Now, NCP will push for splitting the chief ministership with Sena and it is to be seen if Sena agrees to the fresh bargaining by its prospective allies during the discussion over next two days. NCP has won just two seats less than Sena. A “coordination committee” is also in the works, which is expected to steer the coalition and address sticky issues such as those with a Hindutva bearing. Key portfolios to be apportioned will also be decided between NCP, Congress and Sena over the next two days.