New Delhi: Congress leaders on Tuesday will meet the senior leadership of its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for the final round of talks to end the deadlock in government formation in Maharashtra.
However, the final call will be taken by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. according to sources.
“Earlier, Congress was not included in discussions about the role in the government. Only NCP and Shiv Sena were talking to each other. Now, senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal have taken the green signal from Sonia Gandhi about the conditions of talks with NCP ,” sources said.
There is no direct communication between the Shiv Sena and Congress and NCP chief Sharad Pawar is the link between two parties, sources said.
After their meeting with him, Congress leaders will give their final report to Sonia Gandhi to take the final decision.
According to sources, 26 out of 44 Congress MLAs who are Marathas want the party to join the government.
Earlier, Senior Congress leader KC Venugopal had said that party interim president Sonia Gandhi spoke to Pawar about the current political situation.
“Congress President Sonia Gandhi spoke to Sharad Pawar today morning and deputed Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and myself for holding further discussions with Pawar. We three are going to Mumbai now and will meet Pawar at the earliest,” Venugopal tweeted.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday evening asked Sharad Pawar to indicate the willingness and ability of his party, which finished third in the assembly polls, to form the government in Maharashtra.
The deadline for the NCP to stake a claim for the government formation will end by 8:30 pm today.