The Congress has expressed its desire to go with the Shiv Sena after Sena leader Arvind Sawant resigned from the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Congress leaders KC Padavi and Rajasthan state in-charge Avinash Pande arrived in Jaipur after meeting the party high command in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon.

In Jaipur, KC Padavi said he was hopeful the Congress would form a coalition government in Maharashtra.

On the question of whether ideological differences with the Shiv Sena have been creating hiccups, Padavi said even the BJP aligned with Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu and Kashmir.

That is why, he said, questions needn't be raised about the Congress deciding to ally with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.

He also said the Shiv Sena was not the RSS, clearly conveying that Congress MLAs don't have any apprehensions about allying with Uddhav Thackeray's party.

Earlier, hectic meetings were held in Delhi in which, apart from the Congress' interim president Sonia Gandhi, several senior Congress leaders from Maharashtra, including Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Mallikarjun Kharge and others were present.

Discussions were held about the process of government formation in Maharashtra.

Three leaders, including Padavi and Pande, arrived at the Jaipur resort where Maharashtra Congress MLAs have been staying for the past five days. The Congress MLAs have clearly conveyed their desire to be a part of a Maharashtra government led by the Shiv Sena.

However, certain sections in the Congress felt that allying with a party like the Shiv Sena could have repercussions during elections in states such as Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

These apprehensions were conveyed to Sonia Gandhi.

"There is no confusion with regard to government formation in Maharashtra," Avinash Pande said.

"Interactions have been held with all the senior leaders of Maharashtra. The discussions were about how a government can be formed, what its role will be and how work can be done for the benefit of the people of Maharashtra. The party leaders need to stay united," he said.

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