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Maharashtra: Now Governor Invites NCP to Form Govt

New Delhi: Hectic efforts at government formation in Maharashtra appeared going down to the wire, with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday inviting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government following the failure of Shiva Sena to elicit the immediate support of NCP and Congress.

Late in the evening, Koshyari invited NCP to form the government, giving it 24 hours to respond.

 “The governor has invited us to form the government, we have 24 hours to respond to the letter. We will discuss it with the Congress party, which is our alliance partner. We will take a decision after discussing it with Congress tomorrow,” said senior NCP leader Nawab Malik.

Earlier in the evening, members of the Shiv Sena met Koshyari to ask for more time to enable it to get the support of the Congress and NCP, but he rejected the demand.

If none of the parties are able to form a government, the governor will recommend the imposition of President’s Rule. (With Agencies input also)

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