Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has, meanwhile, called all party legislators to his residence Matoshree in Mumbai for a meeting on November 22
Her response came as Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut exuded confidence that a government led by his party will be in place by next month in Maharashtra. He said the picture will become clear in the next two days.
While in some municipal corporations, the Congress and the NCP may gain an upper-hand with the Sena's support, in others the BJP enjoys a clear majority.
Raut also said NCP chief Sharad Pawar will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and apprise him about the farmers' distress in the state which has been under President's rule since November 12.
The two sides have deputed leaders for holding talks on a possible alliance. Accordingly Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and Congress general secretary K C Venugopal besides some state leaders and Praful Patel, Sunil Tatkare, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil of the NCP were to meet to explore the possibility of an alliance with the Shiv Sena in the state.
Earlier in the day, Sharad Pawar's meeting with Sonia Gandhi lasted nearly 50 minutes
When asked if the NCP and the Congress are indeed backing Sena, Pawar said they are "with everyone".
The statement came amidst on-going deliberations between the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP over government formation in Maharashtra
NCP's Sharad Pawar is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on November 18, to discuss government formation in Maharashtra
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik made the announcement on Sunday evening after a meeting of the party's core committee at Pawar's residence here
They have already prepared a draft common minimum programme (CMP).
Former BJP MP Nana Patole, who later joined the Congress and defeated the saffron party candidate from Sakoli in the assembly polls, said the Congress had tied up with Shiv Sena after the latter had left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to join the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The Shiv Sena contested the October 21 Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP as part of the 'Mahayuti' (mega alliance), which was in a comfortable position to form government in the state, winning 161 seats in the 288-member house.
Gadkari's statement came at a time when the BJP's estranged ally Shiv Sena is making efforts to form the government with the help of the Congress and the NCP, its political rivals till recently.
He said the three parties want to form a development-oriented stable government in Maharashtra, which is currently under President's Rule.
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Congress and NCP would work out a common minimum programme (CMP) with the Sena, which would then be discussed in the meeting between Gandhi and Pawar, sources said on Thursday.
Kumar made the comment on Maharashtra issue while replying to reporters queries after paying tribute to the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birthday at a function held near Patna railway station.
Shah on Wednesday said the Shiv Sena's demands, including sharing the chief minister's post, were "unacceptable" to the BJP.
The Congress and NCP on Wednesday deliberated at their respective party levels and later jointly to work out a 'common minimum programme' (CMP) and power-sharing formula, the former state chief minister said.
"Ab haarna aur darna manaa hai..," the Rajya Sabha member and Sena's spokesman tweeted, a day after he was discharged from the city-based Lilavati Hospital, where he underwent an angioplasty procedure on Monday.
The Sena alleged that protocol was not followed when it went to the Raj Bhawan to seek more time to stake claim for government formation
Updates of the political crisis in Maharashtra. The state is under President's Rule. Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena are in huddle over government formation
NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said the meeting is very much on. He also appealed against spreading rumours
As President's rule was imposed in the state on November 12, the Congress and NCP are in talks about whether to support the Shiv Sena for government formation