The exercise for the formation the next government in Maharashtra gained momentum on Sunday with Chief Minister-designate Ashok Chavan meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.
Chavan, along with Gandhi, is holding talks with senior Congress leaders on formation of his cabinet amid expectations that he would assume charge tomorrow.
Outgoing Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, whose support was crucial for Chavan to get the top job in the state, was also present at the meeting with Gandhi.
Incidentally, Chavan, Deshmukh and MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre came together in Delhi for the government formation exercise.
In the Deshmukh government, Congress had kept three vacancies in the cabinet for his entire tenure and the outgoing chief minister could not fill them due to adverse pulls and pressures.
Many ministers in the outgoing ministry are expected to find a place in the Chavan cabinet. Chavan has a delicate job at hand given the rebellion in the state unit of the party by Revenue Minister and chief minister aspirant Narayan Rane who claimed support of over 20 MLAs.
Rane was suspended from Congress for his outburst against party leadership after he lost out in the chief ministerial race.
Rane had alleged that Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel and Deshmukh, aided by some industrialists, prevented him from becoming the chief minister.