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NEW DELHI: The Congress may be coming around to the idea of backing the Shiv Sena in forming government in Maharashtra despite their huge ideological mismatch, sources said today. The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s top decision-making body, has authorized party president Sonia Gandhi to take the final call.
All eyes are now on Sonia Gandhi with Congress’s ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of Sharad Pawar stressing that it will decide on whether and how to support the Sena only when the Congress arrives at its decision.”Whatever decision is to be taken will be taken only after discussions with the Congress,” said Sharad Pawar, making it clear that the ball is in the court of the Congress. After a meeting of the NCP core group, a party leader repeated the statement.
The CWC met to discuss its options after the BJP, short of a majority, exited the race on Sunday. Sonia Gandhi remains personally reluctant to back the Shiv Sena, which will mark a big ideological shift for the Congress.”We will discuss what our Maharashtra leaders want,” said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. For this, Sonia Gandhi has called another meet at 4 pm with former chief ministers and CWC members from Maharashtra.The party also has to decide whether to support a Shiv Sena-led government from outside or as part of it.The Shiv Sena pulled out its only minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government at the centre this morning, in a precursor to a break-up with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).