“I regret that I’ll not be able to be present at the ceremony [oath-taking]” Sonia Gandhi wrote in the letter.

Speaking of the alliance of the three parties to form the government in Maharashtra, Sonia Gandhi said, “The Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress have come together under extraordinary circumstances at a time when the country faces unprecedented threats from the BJP.”

The Congress chief further said that the “political atmosphere has become poisonous and the economy has collapsed and farmers are facing great distress”.

The Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress have agreed to a common programme and I am confident that all three parties will strike their utmost to implement that programme in letter and spirit,” Sonia Gandhi wrote.

She further the collective efforts of the alliance would be to fulfil the expectations of the people of Maharashtra. “The people of Maharashtra expect the alliance to provide cohesive, purposeful, responsible, responsive and transparent administration and our collective effort will undoubtedly be to ensure that these expectations are fulfilled,” the Congress interim chief said in the letter.