Maha governor invited NCP for discussion: Jayant Patil

MUMBAI, Nov 11: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday night invited the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is the third largest party in the state, to the Raj Bhavan here, the party’s state unit chief Jayant Patil said.
He said the NCP will discuss the issue with its ally, the Congress, and get back to Koshyari by or before 8:30 pm on Tuesday.
Patil, however, didn’t mention government formation while talking to reporters.
The Sharad Pawar-led NCP has 54 MLAs in the 288-member assembly, which is the third largest party after the BJP (105) and the Shiv Sena (56).
“As per the procedure, the governor has given us a letter, being the third largest party in the state of Maharashtra, and therefore we have suggested to him that we will have to talk to our alliance partner. We have assured him that we will get back to him as early as possible,” Patil said.
NCP legislature party leader Ajit Pawar and senior leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Dhananjay Munde accompanied Patil. (PTI)