The Sharad Pawar-Sonia Gandhi Phone Call that Thwacked Shiv Sena's Plans

The Shiv Sena was hoping to stake claim to power in Maharashtra on Monday evening with the support of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, which would raise its numbers to 154 in the assembly -- nine past the majority mark. Among the factors which may have queered its pitch at the eleventh hour was a phone call between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar.