Maharashtra news: Congress confused over 'friendship' and 'enmity' with Shiv Sena

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Shiv Sena on Monday resigned its only minister, Arvind Sawant, in the Modi government to become Maharashtra's 'army chief'.

The Shiv Sena was feeling that after fulfilling the condition of separation from the NDA, it would get the support of the NCP and the Congress and would become the state's army chief.

After the resignation of Arvind Sawant, the Congress and the NCP also came into action. On the other hand, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshari gave the Shiv Sena the time to hand over the majority of the letter till 7.30 pm on Monday evening.

Time limit was passing, but Congress letter of support was not available. The talk was even going on that Uddhav Thackeray himself will become the Chief Minister. Everyone was waiting till 7.30 pm to get the Congress support letter but could not get it.

Shiv Sena urged the Governor to extend the time, but there was disappointment. Aditya Thackeray wanted him to have two more days. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut kept proclaiming to be the army CM till noon and he fell ill suddenly and had to be admitted to the hospital.
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Governor Koshari meanwhile invited Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party, the NCP, to form a government.

NCP is the third largest party in the state in terms of number of MLAs. However, there is a difference of two seats between the other major party Shiv Sena and NCP. The Shiv Sena has 56 MLAs and the NCP has 54. To form the government, 145 MLAs are needed which no one has.

After receiving an invitation from the governor, NCP leader Nawab Malik said, "The governor has invited us to form a government. We've got 24 hours. The Congress is our ally and we will talk to him first. Only then will some be able to take a decision. ”If no party has been able to form a government, the Governor will recommend the President's rule.

Aditya Thackeray said, "We have received a letter from the governor asking whether the Shiv Sena wants to form a government. We have filled that government. We wanted another two days to talk to the Congress and the NCP but didn't get it. However, we have not given up the intention of forming a government. We are talking to the legislators of both parties. No further details can be given about this. ''
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The prospect of becoming an army commander in the Shiv Sena and the exclusion of the BJP in the NCP-Congress was visible on Monday, but on the same occasion, the Congress changed its mind.

A meeting of the Congress Working Committee was held at the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, but there was no decision whether to support the Shiv Sena from outside or to join the government. Now if all three parties want to form a government together, then the ideological distances of decades will have to be eliminated in a very short time.

After the meeting of the Congress Working Committee, the party issued a statement saying, "Maharashtra was discussed in detail in the Congress Working Committee. Sonia Gandhi also spoke to NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The party will talk to the NCP more now. ''

Talks were also held between Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar, but Congress could not make any decision on supporting it.

However, the dream of becoming CM of the Shiv Sena is still not over. Congress and NCP can still make army candidate CM if they want. There is no agreement within the Congress whether it supports outside or joins the government. It is said that the Shiv Sena wants the Congress to be part of the government. Sharad Pawar's party had given a letter of support.