Mumbai: The most unlikely pact is about to be forged in Maharashtra between two opposite ideologies after the Congress announced that it would support from outside the Shiv Sena-NCP alliance to form the government in the state.
Congress’ decision came following a telephonic conversation between Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray and Congress President, Sonia Gandhi. The Shiv Sena chief also met the NCP leader, Sharad Pawar, along with his son Aditya Thackeray, who won the Worli seat.
The NCP had earlier demanded that the Shiv Sena cut all its ties with the BJP and come out of the NDA in order for an alliance. They also demanded that the Sena form a common minimum program with the NCP.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena minister in the Central cabinet, Arvind Sawant, resigned from the Narendra Modi ministry signaling the severing of ties with the NDA. Sawant was the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
BJP, the largest party in the house, decided not to form the government after Shiv Sena failed to come to terms to be a junior partner in the alliance. Shiv Sena had been harping on its dream to make Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aditya the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
When BJP failed to toe the line of the Sena, they quickly went to the opposite camp, which is ideologically different from the pro-Hindutva ideology followed by the Shiv Sena.