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Political Exchange: Experts discuss Maharashtra government formation

Updated : November 21, 2019 10:07 PM IST

The contours of a non-BJP government in Maharashtra emerged on Thursday, with the Congress and the NCP reaching "complete unanimity" on the

exercise and announcing they will hold talks with the Shiv Sena to finalise the "architecture" of the alliance.

Inching closer to form a government along with the Shiv Sena, the Congress and NCP will hold talks with pre-poll allies Peasants Workers Party, Samajwadi Party, Swabhimani Paksh and CPI(M) in Mumbai on Friday before parleys with the Sena, a Congress leader said.

For the better part of this week, the national capital was the centre of marathon meetings between top leaders of the NCP and Congress to explore the possibility of forging an alliance with the Shiv Sena, a party whose ideology is poles apart from the duo.

"The NCP and the Congress have completed discussions on all issues. There is complete unanimity between the two parties on all the issues," former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters.

A decision will be taken on Friday on what the architecture of the alliance will be, Chavan said. The final decision will be announced in Mumbai, he added.

The announcement of the Common Minimum Programme will clarify details of the new government, Chavan said.

CNBC-TV18's Parikshit Luthra caught up with Gopal Krishna Agarwal, BJP spokesperson; Manisha Priyam, political analyst; Sanjay Jha, Congress spokesperson and Fuad Halim of CPI(M), to discuss the government formation in Maharashtra.
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