MUMBAI: The proposed new alliance of the Sharad Pawar-led NCP, Congress and the Shiv Sena will be called 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' which now looks set to form the next government in Maharashtra, ending days of political stalemate in the state.
According to Zee Media sources, as per the deal finalised by the three parties, Shiv Sena will keep the chief minister's post for a full five-year term, while the two alliance partners - NCP and Congress - will have one deputy chief minister each.
The decision on picking the party's deputy chief minister candidate will be taken by interim Congress president.
There will be no compromise on the common minimum programme (CMP) agreed by the three parties for running the coalition government in the state, said sources.
The Congress Working Committee, which met on Thursday, has granted in-principle approval to the party to form government in Maharashtra along with the NCP and the Shiv Sena, sources said.
In the meeting, which was chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence, the party's highest decision-making body deliberated on the Maharashtra political scenario, the sources said.