NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena to meet

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress and Shiv Sena are scheduled to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 4:30 pm on Saturday to discuss farmers distress and administration collapse.

The meeting comes a day after the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena agreed on an alliance to form the government in Maharashtra. According to sources, the Shiv Sena will get a full-term chief minister in a prospective coalition government with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress.

Breaking the long-standing deadlock in Maharashtra, the three parties finalised a common minimum programme which will focus on farmer and youth issues, with no mention of Hindutva-related issues.

President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra on Tuesday after the Governor informed the Centre that a stable government couldn't be formed in the prevailing situation despite his efforts.

The BJP and the Shiv Sena won a combined majority in last month's assembly election, but couldn't see eye to eye on the idea that the chief minister's job should be subject to a rotational policy.

The impasse continued when individual parties were invited to try and form administrations, and President's Rule was imposed.

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