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Cong firm on retaining chief ministership

Ehtesham Khan in New Delhi | October 18, 2004 19:49 IST
Last Updated: October 18, 2004 22:51 IST

The issue of who would be the next chief minister of Maharashtra remained deadlocked with the Congress refusing to give up its claim to the post on Monday. Alliance partners Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress are both claiming the post for various reasons, chief among them being the '1999 forumla'.

Party chief Sonia Gandhi met a team of Congress leaders led by Margarent Alva at her residence on Monday evening to discuss the matter. Emerging from the meeting, Alva reiterated the party's stand that the CM would be a Congressman.

The leaders who met Sonia included Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prabha Rao and Gurudas Kamat.

Alva said NCP chief Sharad Pawar's position on the 'single largest party' did not hold water because the Congress had conceded some seats to its pre-poll partners � RPI (A), CPM and Independents. Taking into account its pre-poll arrangement, Alva said, the party had 74 MLAs as against NCP's 72.

The Congress leader also said the party had no information about Pawar's reported statement on supporting the government from outside if the chief minister was not from the NCP.

Asked whether the Congress was rejecting NCP's claim, Alva said, "I am not rejecting anything." "Pawar is a senior leader who understands coalition politics and everything will be sorted out through talks."

One Congress leader said efforts were on to arrange a meeting with Pawar to follow up on the matter on Monday night. Also, sources said Pawar might use the opportunity to bargain for a better portfolio for himself at the Centre.

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Sub: A misplaced firmness.

It can cost dearly in politics.

Posted by chanakya

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Hi all this is one of the tough position while this ego factor comes in the decision making process.Definitely it takes time. Please keep hope.everything ...

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The victory of Congress alliance in maharastra proved that Communal forces dont have right to rule India once again .All the credit goes to Soniaji ...

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I think , Congress should honestly accept the fact that NCP has won more seats than congress.Though Congress fought for more seats than NCP they ...

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What the hell is going on? Its really shameful.. all this bickering & fighting over a post. These parties call themselves to be alliance partners!! ...

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