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More talks needed on Maharashtra: Pawar remains non-committal on alliance with Shiv Sena


New Delhi, Nov 18: After holding talks with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Monday said the two parties will hold talks with their allies in Maharashtra before taking a decision on government formation in the state.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi with NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Addressing a press conference, Pawar said he briefed Gandhi about the political situation in Maharashtra and that there was no talk on government formation in the state. "We have discussed in detail the political situation in Maharashtra," he said.

"We will keep an eye on the situation in Maharashtra. Congress and NCP leaders will hold further talks on the future course of action," he added.

As it's known that the state is under the President's rule after the CM's seat became the bone of contention for both Sena and BJP.

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On Saturday Pawar had said that the three parties- NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena will form government and complete a full term. After this announcement came in the senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also stated that the discussion over government formation would proceed at today's Sonia Gandhi and Pawar's meeting.

The NCP's senior leaders reportedly on met in Mumbai and discussed about the government formation.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan informed that there will be also a meeting between the Congress and Shiv Sena leaders.

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In the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly election both Shiv Sena and BJP had contested as allies and won a comfortable majority.

After the result of the polls, when Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reminded BJP president Amit Shah of his "50:50" promise, the party disagreed and claimed there was no such deal resulting in failing government formation in Maharashtra.

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