Shiv Sena Chief Meets Sharad Pawar


Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday drove out of Matoshree, his family home in Mumbai’s Bandra, to meet Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar at a luxury hotel after the NCP veered in favour of supporting a Sena-led coalition government in Maharashtra.

However, Sharad Pawar’s party hasn’t announced its support yet and is waiting for the Congress, its pre-poll ally, to formalise its stand later in the evening. The only announcement that came out of the Congress’ big meet in national capital Delhi was that it needed to hold a second one to consult its Maharashtra leaders at 4 pm.

Sources familiar with the development said that the Congress, despite a certain discomfort over supporting the Shiv Sena over their ideological differences, was open to the idea of working with Uddhav Thackeray’s party. But it hasn’t made up its mind on whether it should join the government or extend outside support.

Meanwhile, the Sena was given 24 hours by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to respond to an invitation to stake claim to form the government on Sunday. That deadline expires at 7.30 pm.

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