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Deadlock ends: Congress, NCP finalise deal in Maharashtra

india Updated: Nov 05, 2009 13:56 IST
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The Congress and the NCP, who were haggling over portfolios, have finally agreed on a power-sharing formula and decided to form the government in the state. Swearing-in will take place tomorrow, sources said.

Earlier in the day, Congress party leader Praful Patel said, "the NCP has broadly agreed with us on power sharing in Maharashtra and a new government would be in place in the state shortly".

"We have broadly agreed on most of the issues," the NCP General Secretary told reporters on Wednesday night.

The top NCP leadership held a meeting with party chief Sharad Pawar in New Delhi on Wednesday evening which was attended by Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, RR Patil and Jayant Patil.

Patel, who was present for the meeting, left midway and held discussions with his Congress interlocutor Ahmad Patel.He later drove back to Pawar's residence and briefed NCP leaders about the deliberations.

Patel said that he had conveyed the NCP stand to Congress which is likely to be discussed with Defence Minister A K Antony, who is also incharge of Congress affairs in Maharashtra.

"I am confident that all the issues with the Congress would be sorted out," Patel said.

Meanwhile, highly placed sources said that 20 ministers each of NCP and Congress are expected to take oath along with Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Bhujbal.

The Maharashtra election results were declared on October 22 in which the Congress-NCP was voted back to power for a third consecutive term.