A delegation of the three parties is set to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan around 4 pm, a Sena source said.
In the strongest indication that Maharashtra could be governed by a coalition of three parties with differing ideologies, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will be formed in Maharashtra and it will complete its five-year term.
This is the first time Pawar, gave a clear hint that the three parties will be forming the government in Maharashtra.
President’s rule was imposed in the state after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sent a report to the Centre, stating that formation of a stable government was impossible in the current political situation.
Leaders of the three parties who are involved in talks said the formation of government was on track, but would take some more days before the coalition stakes claim to form a non-BJP government.
The three parties will, however, workout a power-sharing formula in the next round of discussions. The leaders said the government could be in place next week if all three parties agree.
“Right now, a process is going on and soon the government will be formed. We will ensure the government completes its full tenure. Our negotiations are on,” Pawar said, in a media interaction at Nagpur, during a tour to meet farmers who have been affected by unseasonal rain.
“The government will be stable, development-oriented and solve people’s problems. We all want this to happen,” he said.
Pawar also ruled out that there would be a mid-term poll in the state.
Leaders from both Congress and NCP said the two leaders are expected to finalise details of government formation, following which there is likely to be a meeting of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and top leaders of both parties.
The two will also discuss a common minimum programme, which will form the basis for government. “The formal announcement of the three-party coalition is expected after this meeting,” said a senior Congress leader. Pawar will leave for Delhi on Sunday morning. The winter session of the Parliament is starting from Monday.
The three parties have been working out a power-sharing formula, under which Sena will get the chief minister’s (CM) post, while there will be a deputy CM each, from NCP and Congress.
The three parties have identified six key portfolios, which will be divided equally between them. The NCP is insisting on home and finance departments, while the Congress wants the post of Speaker of the Assembly.