Pune: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad
Pawar today refuted the allegation that NCP ditched Congress
in the recent elections to the posts of Zilla Parishad
chairman and vice-chairman in the state, saying it was
Congress which had failed to honour the `dharma` of coalition.
Referring to the allegation by MPCC president Manikrao
Thakre that NCP had "cheated" Congress by joining hands with
other parties (including Shiv Sena and BJP) in the ZP polls,
Pawar said: "In Pune and Kolhapur, Congress failed to honour
yuti-dharma. Discipline should not apply only to the NCP."
Addressing a meeting of newly elected NCP corporators
here, Pawar said he did not want to escalate the controversy,
but NCP could not be expected to keep quiet if Congress
continued to break the understanding between the ruling
alliance partners of the state.
The NCP chief said that his party took "a different
stand" in these polls because of Congress`s unfriendly posture
in Pune and Kolhapur. He also noted that the ZP elections had
been fought independently by the two parties.
"We would like to convey this reality politely and have
no wish to continue the controversy on this issue," Pawar
Recently Pawar had taken exception to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s statement about difficulties posed by
coalition politics, saying that his party had never caused any
difficulty for the government.