MUMBAI: Congress party is still reluctant to form an alliance with the Shiv Sena. According to the sources, party chief Sonia Gandhi is putting off any further discussions on the issue.
However, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has called upon Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar. The governor refused to give Shiv Sena another two days to stake claim to form the Maharashtra government.
NCP said that they will take a call after having discussions with the Congress party.
Lone Shiv Sena leader in the central union ministry Arvind Sawant resigned from his post, thus signaling a massive breakup of the alliance.
As per the developments, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is expected to meet Sharad Pawar to discuss government formation issues.
Without Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP cannot form the government as they don't have the majority mark combined. If the government is not formed then there is a chance for the president's rule to be declared in the state.
Governor invited NCP for a shot in power after Sena failed to get an extension. Congress party, however, did not rule out the support for Shiv Sena. Party chief Sonia Gandhi is opposed to supporting Shiv Sena and she had mentioned it to Sharad Pawar.
She spoke to Uddhav Thackeray and said that she will get back after talking to the MLAs.
NCP had told Shiv Sena that they will support the party if they break ties with BJP and resigned from the central ministry as well.
BJP opted out of the government formation because they claimed that Shiv Sena broke the mandate. Shiv Sena retorted by calling them liars who are branding them falsely of breaking the mandate.
BJP and Shiv Sena have been allies for over 30 years and they won the majority this year. Shiv Sena demanded 50:50 deal with BJP and also wanted the chief minister's post.