Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said that his comments on comparative
figures of agriculture growth rates in the state and
neighbouring Gujarat were "unfortunately mutilated".
"There is no question of giving a political credit to
anybody. I was giving comparative figures of the Planning
Commission during my dialogue with members of the Agriculture
scientific community," Chavan said, on being asked about the
controversy over his praise for Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi during a meeting in Ahmednagar district
Chavan`s remarks had come at a function in agricultural
university in Ahmednagar on May 29, where he had said that
Gujarat was far ahead of Maharashtra.
Chavan added that it was sad that a state is being
associated with a person. "No single person can take credit or
discredit for anything," the Chief Minister pointed out.
Chavan said that he was chairing the agriculture
scientists and vice-chancellors of agriculture universities.
"I complimented them on the agriculture growth rate of
the state, which was more than the Centre`s. Sugar and grape
production had also increased," Chavan said.
On the Lokpal bill issue, Chavan said he had read
newspaper reports that the Prime Minister had written to
political parties and state governments for their views on the
bill. "I have not seen the letter. When it comes, we will
apply our minds and discuss the issue," he said.
To a question on whether he was in favour of bringing
state legislature under the purview of Lokayukta, Chavan
said, "Let`s discuss the Lokpal first."