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Maharashtra: Muslims in Ahmednagar appeal Sonia Gandhi not to stitch alliance with Shiv Sena

News Agencies | Updated on: 20 November 2019, 15:34 IST
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A group of Muslims in Sangamner Taluka of Ahmednagar in Maharashtra on Wednesday wrote to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi appealed to her to not ally with the Shiv Sena to form a government in the state.

In a letter to Sonia, the Muslim community of Sangamner Taluka said that they are "loyal voters of Congress" and have made Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Balasaheb Thorat win possible for the 7th consecutive term from Sangamner constituency.

Taking cognisance of the current political situation in Maharashtra and talks being held between the NCP, Congress and Sena to form government in the state, the Muslim people said, "The kind of meeting and discussions about government formation Maharashtra is going on, have created doubts in our minds. We have always opposed communal BJP and Shiv Sena and if Congress goes with Shiv Sena for the sake of some individual interests of its local leaders it will not be good to anyone."

"Hence we request Congress President to intervene and stop Maharashtra leaders from forming an alliance with Shiv Sena," the letter added.

With the signatures of around 100 people, the letter was written to Sonia Gandhi after a celebration was conducted on Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary celebration in Sangamner.

BJP, which emerged as the single largest party, could not stake claim to form a government as its ally Shiv Sena remained firm on rotating the Chief Minister's post and equal sharing of Cabinet berths.

Shiv Sena parted its ways with BJP only to explore ways to form a government. It, however, failed to prove the support of the required number of MLAs in the time given by Governor BS Koshyari.

The Governor had then invited NCP, the third-largest party, to prove its ability to form the government failing which President's Rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday.

The Shiv Sena is now in parleys with the Congress and NCP to form a government in the state.

The BJP won 105 seats in the 288-member assembly followed by Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.


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First published: 20 November 2019, 15:34 IST