NCP-Cong, allies support idea of forming govt with Sena: Patil

Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) NCP leader Jayant Patil on Fridaysaid the smaller pre-poll allies of his party and the Congresshave backed the idea of forming a government with the ShivSena to keep the BJP away from power in the state.

'Our pre-poll allies have supported the idea offorming a government in Maharashtra to keep the BJP away frompower,' Patil, who was accompanied by senior Congress leaderPrithviraj Chavan, told reporters after the meeting here.

The Sena, NCP and Congress are currently working outmodalities for formation of a government in the state, whichhas been under President's rule since November 12.

Congress and NCP's pre-poll allies include Peasantsand Workers Party, Samajwadi Party and Swabhimani Paksha.

The state was plunged into a political crisis afterthe Sena broke its three-decade-long ties with the BJP afterthe latter declined to share the chief minister's post.

The BJP and Sena, which fought the Assembly polls inalliance, had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. TheNCP and the Congress, pre-poll allies, won 54 and 44 seats,respectively. PTI ENM NP VTVT VT