Mumbai: Caretaker Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday said that a new government will be in place in Maharashtra within the next 48 hours.
Chavan’s assurance came in the wake of Governor SC Jamir’s remarks that the Congress and NCP should quicken the process of government formation in the state.
Governor Jamir asked both the parties to respect the verdict of the people of Maharashtra and install a new government as soon as possible.
The Governor said he is "very anxious to have an elected government installed as early as possible".
While meeting a delegation of Shiv Sena-BJP leaders at Raj Bhavan today, the Governor said that “he had told caretaker Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and NCP leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and RR Patil yesterday that since the electorate of Maharashtra had given them a fresh mandate, it was their responsibility to respect the mandate and form a government without any further delay," a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said.
Jamir had met the Congress and NCP leaders to discuss the issue of delay in government formation, on a day when the term of the outgoing Assembly in Maharashtra expired.
While meeting the Governor, the BJP-Shiv Sena delegation sought the imposition of President`s Rule in the state in case a government is not sworn in within the next 24 hours.
The delegation demanded that the caretaker government should not be allowed to function for an indefinite period as issues like malnutrition in tribal areas, declaration of fair price to the agricultural produce, deterioration of law and order need urgent attention from the government.
Fresh Congress-NCP talks
Meanwhile, the Congress and NCP today held fresh discussions to sort out the vexed issue of portfolio sharing and break the deadlock over government formation.
Hectic parleys were on between the two parties to reach a consensus over sharing of portfolios, as each party has staked claim to some portfolios which the other doesn`t want to part with.
"An agreement between Congress and NCP on allocation of portfolios is likely to be finalised by evening," NCP sources said.
The swearing of the new ministry is likely any time as per `muhurat`, the sources said.
The result of elections to the 288 member Maharashtra Assembly was declared on October 22 but the new ministry is yet to be sworn in owing to differences between the two parties on portfolio allocation.
While Congress wants more portfolios as it has got 20 seats more than NCP, the latter has announced that it would prefer the 1999 formula for allocation of ministry.
Congress won 82 seats in the elections while Sharad Pawar`s NCP bagged 62 as against 69 and 71 respectively in the last election.