Kharge meets Maharashtra Cong MLAs to discuss impasse

Kharge meets Maharashtra Cong MLAs to discuss impasse Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) Senior Congress leaderMallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met the party's newly electedMLAs from Maharashtra, who are currently staying at a resortin Jaipur, to discuss the political situation in the state.

Kharge, who is the All India Congress Committee's(AICC) generally secretary, met the legislators informally toascertain their views on what stand the party should takeabout government formation in Maharashtra, senior congressleader Manikrao Thakare told PTI.

'Kharge will then convey the sentiments of thelegislators to the party leadership,' Thakare said.

All 44 MLAs, including senior leaders like AshokChavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat, were stayingat the resort in the Congress-ruled Rajasthan amid fear of'poaching' in view of the stalemate over government formationin Maharashtra.

The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a bittertussle over the chief minister's post.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday eveningasked the BJP, the single largest party in the new Assembly,to 'indicate the willingness and ability' to form governmentin the state.

In the October 21 polls to the 288-member MaharashtraAssembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 andCongress-44. PTI MRGK GK