In a bid to form government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today met his party's legislators at his residence in Mumbai to apprise them on the current political scenario.
The MLAs told the reporters after the meeting that they have fully endorsed the party's efforts to stitch up an alliance with Congress and NCP to form the next government in the state.
They also informed that Mr Thackeray instructed the MLAs to stay together in Mumbai as they may be required any time. Minutes after Shiv Sena deliberation concluded, Congress and NCP met the representatives of their smaller allies in Mumbai.
NCP leader Jayant Patil along with Congress's Prithviraj Chavan informed the reporters after the meeting that their other allies Peasants and Workers Party, Samajwadi Party and Swabhimani Paksha have backed the idea of forming a government with the Shivsena.
Earlier, speaking to reporters Congress leader Manikrao Thakare has said that the next Maharashtra chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena.
He also said that leaders of the three parties will sit together later this evening to clarify some pending issues and also to decide the time to approach Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to stake a claim for forming a government.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders from Maharashtra also met the party's newly-elected MLAs in Mumbai today.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Congress state unit president Balasaheb Thorat informed that it was an informal meeting. He also stated that the party's legislative leader will be decided only after consultation with party high command in coming days.
Meanwhile, the tripartite combine meeting will soon start at Nehru Central in Warli Mumbai. All the senior leaders of Shivsena NCP and Congress are expected to be the part of this deliberation. (AIR NEWS)