Shiv Sena to lead 3-party alliance govt, says NCP

The first-ever Shiv Sena- NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra appears to be taking shape with Sharad Pawar expressing confidence that the government of the three parties will last a full term.

The NCP also said that the Sena, which fell out with the BJP over chief minister's post, will lead the alliance.

The three-party coalition, a new experiment in Maharashtra involving outfits with diverse ideologies, will be led by the Sena, leaders in the Uddhav Thackeray-party and the NCP said, marking a progress in power-sharing negotiations.

They have already prepared a draft common minimum programme (CMP).

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government will be formed, and it will complete five-year term as he ruled out the possibility of mid-term polls in the state which is currently under President's rule.