NCP chief Sharad Pawar to attend a meeting in Nehru Centre between the allies. Sena leaders, Sanjay Raut, Eknath Shinde, and Subhash Desai also to attend
Mumbai: On Friday the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena evening held a meeting to hammer out the final decision of the tri-party alliance.
At an earlier meeting of Sena MLAs at Matoshree, Uddhav Thackeray’s residence in Mumbai, they stressed on the Sena chief’s name for the top post in the state. Later, the NCP also lent support to the legislators’ demand. “Congress-NCP is of the view that Uddhav Thackeray should be the chief minister. Not sure if our party will support any other name for the post,” said Chhagan Bhujbal.
The development came hours after the names of Sanjay Raut and Arvind Sawant emerged as frontrunners for the post of the chief minister. Earlier today, Raut said the ShivSena will get a full five-year term as CM.
The top brass of the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP have started the meeting to give shape to the new government to be led by the Uddhav Thackeray-headed party in Maharashtra. Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai, Sanjay Raut (all Shiv Sena), Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Avinash Pande, Balasaheb Thorat, Prithviraj Chavan (Congress), Praful Patel, Jayant Patil and Ajit Pawar (NCP) are taking part in the meeting at Nehru science centre.
According to sources, ShivSena leader Aditya Thackeray will be the Education Minister of Maharashtra. He was never looked at as a chief minister candidate, sources in the party said. He might have become the deputy chief minister if the pre-poll alliance with BJP.