Top Congress leaders who were supposed to visit Mumbai on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of a tie-up with the Shiv Sena for the Maharashtra government formation have cancelled their visit.
The state Congress leaders, instead, will hold discussions with the NCP during a meeting at around 4 pm today in Mumbai.
According to senior Congress leader Manikrao Thakare, the visit of top party leaders to Mumbai has been cancelled on the request of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. He said that Pawarsaheb said the meeting can be held in two days time with the top leaders and before that, he said that leaders of both the parties in Maharashtra will discuss the future course of action today.
Thakare further stated that they might also hold discussion with the Shiv Sena leaders adding that there are certain things which will be clarified today.
The Congress virtually dashed Shiv Sena’s hopes of forming a government under its leadership in Maharashtra as the party looked reluctant to enter into an alliance with the latter. “Congress was not comfortable with Sena’s stand on Ram temple construction and Uniform Civil Code,” said a Sena functionary.
Sources said both Sonia and former chief Rahul Gandhi were not in favour of backing a Sena-led government. The Congress high command, however, did not rule out any possibility publicly and kept the Sena waiting.