New delhi sources stated that congress PARTY' target='_blank' title='nationalist congress party-Latest Updates, Photos, Videos are a click away, CLICK NOW'>nationalist congress party (NCP) Chief Sharad Paward sprang a surprise and gave a jolt to Shiv Sena. Speaking to the media on monday in Parliament, Pawar took a complete U-turn on forming government in maharashtra along with shiv sena and congress and he is supposed to meet AICC interim president sonia gandhi later in the day.
Meanwhile Pawar said that as the bjp and shiv sena have fought the assembly elections together, they have to choose their paths and not ncp or Congress. Furthermore he said, "BJP-Shiv Sena fought together, we (NCP) and congress fought together in the elections. They have to choose their path and we will do our politics”. Perhaps according to congress sources, during the meeting, the heads of the two alliance parties are likely to discuss the next course of action, in politically fractured maharashtra where President's rule was imposed last tuesday and a possible alliance with the ideologically opposite Shiv Sena.
Moreover congress sources said that before saying yes to the alliance, the party wants the shiv sena to shed its hard Hindutva ideology and take a secular stand on several issues. Apparently he also said the ncp wants the congress to be part of the government.