Sharad Pawar-Sonia Gandhi phone call thwarted Shiv Sena plans

New Delhi: The Shiv Sena, with the backing of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, was hoping to claim a share of power in Maharashtra last evening, taking its tally to 154 in the Assembly - nine from the majority mark.
Among the factors that led to its pitch being queued in the eleventh hour were a phone conversation between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar.

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Sources say that on Monday evening, Sonia Gandhi softened her objections to the ideologically opposite support of the Shiv Sena. But a timely phone call to Sharad Pawar’s Sonia Gandhi deepened the Congress’ reluctance. In the morning, as the Congress began a series of consultations on Maharashtra, Sonia Gandhi was asked to strongly oppose the support of the Shiv Sena.

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