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STALEMATE ENDS AS CHIEF MINISTER ASHOK CHAVAN AND DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER CHAGGAN BHUJBAL MEET GOVERNOR S C JAMIR

ncp-cong-1The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are yet to see light at the end of the tunnel, and were no closer to reaching an agreement over the seat-sharing issue. The seat sharing issue between the NCP and Congress is yet to resolve. In fact, senior leaders from both parties said that the new government can be formed even after November 3 as the state legislative assembly has already been elected. Chief minister Ashok Chavan-who attended a function on Saturday to commemorate the 25th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi – expressed confidence that the talks would end “soon” as there is no major hurdle. He did not, however, specify when exactly that would be. The NCP has shown willingness to give back the forest, environment and labour portfolios to the Congress. There are also talks of the NCP ceding two other major portfolios-most likely finance and energy-as part of a compromise with its poll ally. But the Sharad Pawarled party is loath to part with the all-important home portfolio, one that Congress has set its eyes on. According to party sources, though the NCP is not willing to give back home, it has shown a willingness to cede two of the three important portfolios. The Congress has also asked for rural development and tribal welfare and finance from the NCP. CM Ashok Chavan and DCM Chaggan Bhujbal party have met Governor S C Jamir and looks like the stalemate over the new govt formation may be resolved soon.

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