Mumbai: In what is being seen as a move to
assert himself more in the state NCP, Maharashtra Deputy Chief
Minister Ajit Pawar has decided to meet party workers once a
Party spokesman Madan Bafna told reporters that Pawar
will be interacting with workers every Thursday at the party
office for two hours in the morning.
Bafna said Pawar had himself decided to meet workers
at the office, to avoid crowding in Mantralaya (secretariat).
"Ever since Pawar became Deputy Chief Minister, workers
from all parts of the state want to meet him on various
issues. It is easier for them to come to the party office as
security procedure at Mantralaya can be cumbersome," he said.
To a question whether the NCP had decided to copy
Congress`s `Janata Durbars`, Bafna said NCP ministers were
always among workers and did not need Durbars.
He said the party will speak to other NCP ministers
about devoting time to meeting workers at the party office.
"It is wrong to presume that the ministers and state unit
president Madhukar Pichad have been ineffective," Bafna said
replying to a question on why only Ajit Pawar had decided to
meet the workers.
Bafna also said that Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
had given a positive response to the recently-unveiled
charter of demands of the NCP, seeking social justice for
Congress and NCP, the coalition partners, had decided to
discuss the demands in the co-ordination committee meeting and
take appropriate decisions, he said.
The demands include renaming Dadar station in Mumbai as
Chaityabhoomi, allotment of the Indu Mill land for expansion
of Ambedkar memorial, among others.