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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday, while asked to comment on the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, made an interesting analogy between politics and the game of cricket, 
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday, while asked to comment on the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, made an interesting analogy between politics and the game of cricket, 
highlighting the fact that in both, a scenario can be unpredictable and the future can change in ways that were not foreseen earlier.
 
“Anything can happen in cricket and politics. Sometimes you feel you are losing the match, but the result is exactly the opposite,” Nitin Gadkari was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on Thursday.
 
The Union Minister's comment comes as a cryptic remark on the current political stalemate in the state of Maharashtra, where the scenario regarding who will form the government seems unforeseen as of yet and the future, for all anyone knows, might change drastically to someone's favour.
 
The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, however, refused to comment on who will come to power in the state. "This is an appropriate question to the wrong person," he said with a smile, clarifying that he wasn't a key player in the state's current political crisis and reporters would do better to ask the question to someone who was so.
 
The BJP leader was also asked whether he thinks policies launched in the state by the Devendra Fadnavis government will be affected if a non-BJP government comes to power, a question which he negated. "I feel there will be no difference. In our democracy, governments change but projects continue without any problem.
 
No matter which government comes now, it will take ahead positive policies and development projects that have already been launched," Gadkari said while dismissing any concerns.
 
However, the Union Minister clarified that he was not aware of the detailed politics in Maharashtra as he had just arrived from Delhi.
 
Amid the ongoing negotiation between Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress, former Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured his party's MLAs that they will ultimately form the government in Maharashtra.
 
Earlier, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress and Shiv Sena got together to discuss a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for a coalition government.
 
The leaders of the three parties have finalised the draft of CMP for a coalition government in Maharashtra after several rounds of consultations over the last two days and the same will be submitted to their respective party presidents. 
 
President's Rule was imposed in the state on Thursday after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's report to Centre that no stable government was possible in Maharashtra under the current political scenario.
 
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, however, had said that any party which has the numbers can still approach the governor. "Even today if anyone has the numbers they can approach the governor. The governor has not denied the chance to anyone."
 
Shiv Sena and BJP contested the recently-held assembly elections together but failed to reach an agreement for government formation. The Shiv Sena's demand of 50-50 government formula, asking for the chief minister's post of two and half years was not accepted by the BJP.
 
After BJP failed to stake claim to form the government, the Shiv Sena has tried to enlist the support of NCP and Congress for an alliance government. 
 
Since Shiv Sena has 56 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, way below the half-way mark of 144, it will need both the NCP's 54 and Congress' 44 legislators to reach the magic number.