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No consensus on seat-sharing issue in Maharashtra


Deborah Grey,CNN-IBN
Nov 01, 2009 at 03:43pm IST

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Mumbai: It has been more than a week since the Congress-NCP alliance won the Maharashtra Assembly elections but the government is still not in place.

The two parties have not been able to arrive at an agreement on the allocation of key ministry portfolios.

The Congress currently has 18 ministry berths and it is expecting to get two more berths including the Home and Finance Ministries. But the NCP is in no mood to relent.

However, both parties have been unable to reach at an agreement on the Energy Ministry.

CNN-IBN has learnt that the parties have reached at a broad consensus with the Congress getting 22 portfoilos and NCP 20.

“The format is that the CM gets some portfolio and the DCM gets some portfolios also,” says NCP leader Chhagan Bhujpal.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is in Delhi to arrive at a resolution.

“There are differences in number of berths as well as portfolios. We are trying to finish it before November 3,” says Chavan.

With inputs from Prachi Jatania for CNN-IBN

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