MUMBAI: The day-long negotiations between the Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena leaders on Thursday appeared to have taken Maharashtra closer to a non-BJP government with the leaders declaring that the draft Common Minimum Program (CMP) had been finalized.
“You certainly can say that a non-BJP Government in Maharashtra is possible. Once the top leadership reach a consensus, we shall initiate negotiations on power-sharing,” Senior Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar said after the joint meeting of the parties concluded.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar are scheduled to meet in Delhi on Sunday (November 17) when the draft is likely to be cleared.
Leaders from the three parties had two different sets of meetings earlier in the day and came together at Chhagan Bhujbal’s office in Bandra in the evening where the draft CMP was discussed and finalised.
Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Sudhir Desai, NCP’s Jayant Patil, Nawab Malik and Chhagan Bhujbal and Congress’ Manikrao Thakre, Prithviraj Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar were present in the discreet meeting, far from the media glare.
The leaders discussed policies as well as aims and objectives in sectors like urban development, infrastructure and farmers’ plight, sources have said.
On Friday, Sena spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut said that the next government in the state will be led by his party and the common minimum programme (CMP) being worked out along with the Congress and the NCP will be in the “state’s interest”.