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NCP, Congress say portfolio-sharing problem to be solved soon

Despite differences over sharing of portfolios in the government in Maharashtra, both Congress and NCP said they would sort out the problem soon.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2009 19:17 IST

Despite differences over sharing of portfolios in the government in Maharashtra, both Congress and NCP on Wednesday said they would sort out the problem soon.

"This issue will also be solved soon. We have won for the third time by contesting together twice in the Assembly polls and once in Lok Sabha. We had formed the cabinet earlier as well," AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi.

He was responding to questions on whether Congress was ready to accept the NCP's demand for following the 1999 portfolio-sharing formula between the two parties under which NCP had held the post of the Deputy Chief Minister and key portfolios including Home, Finance, Power and PWD.

Meanwhile, NCP General Secretary P A Sangma, who also insisted on the same formula, appeared hopeful of an agreement very soon.

"We expect to reach an agreement very soon. We do not forsee any problems in government formation. We have shared power for the past 10 years and will give a stable government for another five years," Sangma said.

He at the same time maintained, "in the area of number of ministers there could be room for negotiations but not in the area of portfolios."

His remarks come shortly before NCP's formal talks with Congress on government formation in Maharashtra where the two parties returned to power for the third consecutive term. Congress won 82 seats while NCP 62.