A meeting between the delegation of Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 4:30 pm has been postponed. According to reports, the meeting, whose agenda was to seek relief for rain-affected farmers in the state, has been postponed till further notice. However, the meeting assumed significance because the three parties are discussing a formula to form the next government in the state.
Earlier it was announced that a Congress-NCP delegation would meet the governor, but Sena sources said their leaders too would join them. It triggered speculation that the meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari could be for staking claim to form the government.
The meeting was scheduled after the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena agreed on a common minimum program (CMP) to form the government in Maharashtra. According to sources, the Shiv Sena will get a full-term chief minister in a prospective coalition government with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress. The Congress and the NCP will get to appoint one deputy chief minister each from their ranks. The Shiv Sena, the NCP, and the Congress will get 16, 14, and 12 ministers, respectively.
Former chief minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said they would demand expeditious disbursal of the special package of Rs 10,000 crore, announced earlier. They would also demand that the government, now headed by the Governor as the state is under President's rule, should declare how much compensation farmers would get per hectare, he said.
Crops over 54.22 lakh hectares in 325 tehsils were damaged due to unseasonal rains last month. Earlier this month, the outgoing BJP-led government had sanctioned Rs 10,000 crore to provide immediate relief to the farmers. Non-BJP parties, including the Shiv Sena, had dubbed the package as insufficient and demanded the assistance of Rs 25,000 per hectare for farmers.
The state was placed under President's rule on November 12 after no political party staked claim to form the government following the declaration of assembly election results on October 24. Talks are on between Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena for government formation, after the Sena's alliance with the BJP fell apart over sharing of the chief minister's post.