NCP unhappy in Maharashtra also

July 21st, 2012 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Firing another salvo at the Congress, the NCP Saturday claimed that it was unhappy with it in Maharashtra too, and alleged the party was “not consulted” in important decision making in the state and there was lack of co-ordination among the two partners.

Senior leaders of the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party expressed these sentiments at a meeting of top leaders at his residence Saturday afternoon, a day after the NCP virtually threatened to pull out of the UPA government at the centre.

Several leaders complained to Pawar that like at the centre, in the state too the party was reportedly “not consulted” on important decisions and there was lack of co-ordination among the two partners.

Echoing the party’s sentiments, senior NCP leader Praful Patel reiterated that the party’s views were not considered by the Congress.

However, he hastened to add that NCP would continue with the UPA as an ally, as in the past eight years.

“We are in the UPA and shall continue in future as an ally. The centre gets our support whenever they want and shall continue to do so,” Patel assured.

Nevertheless, he added that the government’s functioning was not up to the NCP’s “expectations” even in Maharashtra, after securing the views of top state party leaders.

“The government has been functioning without coordination even in the state. The coordination mechanism must return for proper decision-making and discussions on important issues to strengthen the government,” Patel urged.

He asserted that the NCP wants both the UPA at the centre and the Democratic Front in the state to complete their full terms.

On his part, Congress state president Manikrao Thakre said there is proper coordination between the partners and meetings are also held.

NCP state chief Madhukar Pichhad has demanded that the coordination committee meetings must be held every month.

Expressing his displeasure with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Pichhad claimed that he had five times sought appointments to meet the chief minister but was declined while he (CM) had time to meet Shiv Sena leaders.

After Mumbai, the stage will again move back to New Delhi, where senior NCP leaders are to meet Monday to decide the future course of action.

Interestingly, Chavan, who was scheduled to go to New Delhi Saturday afternoon, abruptly cancelled his trip. His aides did not give any reasons for the change of plans.

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