Sonia rules out alliance with Sena in Maharashtra

NEW DELHI: The interim president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has refused to support Shiv Sena to form the state government in Maharashtra, sources said on Monday.

Sonia Gandhi's refusal to associate with the Shiv Sena comes hours after the president of the Nationalist Congress (PNC) Sharad Pawar met her in New Delhi amid the stalemate between the Shiv Sena and the BJP for an agreement to share the power in Maharashtra.

After the meeting, Pawar held the suspense on the subject. Addressing the media after the meeting, the supreme of the PCN, flanked by Ajit Pawar and Praful Patel, said: The PCN Congress has received a mandate to sit in the opposition. Also, we don't have the numbers. Only those who have numbers should form the government.

Pawar had also said he is not in the race for the post of prime minister.

While the stalemate of BJP-Shiv Sena persists, the latter has called for the support of 175 legislators in the 288-member Assembly.

In the recent elections of the Assembly in Maharashtra, the BJP obtained 105 seats while the Shiv Sena obtained 56. The Congress-NCP alliance returned with 98 seats in the polls, of which 44 seats belong to the Congress while 54 belong to its partner partner.