Yavatmal: Maharashtra Congress chief,
Manikrao Thakre, on Saturday said that the party`s debacle in
the assembly election in neighbouring Goa was the result of
the errors of local leaders and the administration.
"It was because of lapses of local leaders and
administration," he said.
The Congress-led government could not retain power in
Thakre refused to comment on Congress`s bad performance
in other states, saying that they were not in his purview.
Talking about the party`s performance in Maharashtra, he
said, "We have come to power in three municipal corporations
this time, against one (Solapur) in the last election."
However, he admitted that calculations went wrong in
Mumbai and Nagpur, adding that performance there was being
Thakre denied the reports that he and Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan had a closed door discussion with NCP
supremo Sharad Pawar for seizing control of Yavatmal Zilla
Parishad, where Congress has emerged as the single-largest
party, but does not have absolute majority.
"I am sure that NCP`s state-level and national leadership
would not make a pact with non-secular parties," he said.
Talking about ban on cotton export, he said a delegation
from state Congress, headed by the CM, would meet the Prime
Minister and seek lifting of the ban.
Thakre admitted that cotton prices had crashed, leaving
farmers saddled with huge stocks.