Sharad Pawar, Sonia Gandhi To Meet, Discuss Maharashtra On Sunday: Report



Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar will meet on November 17 to discuss the “next course of action” regarding forming a coalition government with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Friday, hours after it was announced the three parties have agreed on a minimum agenda and will meet with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday.

“Congress alone can’t decide things. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and AICC president Sonia Gandhi will sit together on 17 November and discuss the next course of action. They will decide how to solve this problem. After that, other actions will follow,” Mr Kharge was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

“Once they both sit and discuss, only then will the political strategy be prepared,” he added.

The Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress will form a government in Maharashtra, which will complete a full term, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday, ruling out mid-term elections in the state that is under President’s Rule after no party won a majority in polls last month.

“This government will be formed and it will complete five years. We all will ensure this government runs for five years,” said Sharad Pawar, 79, a day after the three parties met to thrash out their basic differences and draft a common minimum programme.

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