New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday had a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi amid growing concerns in the party over the NCP`s aligning with Shiv Sena in gaining control over some zilla parishads in the state.
Sources said that Chavan briefed her as well as Congress
general secretary Rahul Gandhi, whom he met separately, about the development, which has created quite an unease in party circles.
The anxiety within Congress over the development was
visible when Maharashtra Youth Congress President Vishwajeet Kadam on Saturday expressed strong displeasure over the move of Sharad Pawar`s party.
"NCP should discard its symbol of `clock` and adopt
`dagger` as a symbol for backstabbing Congress," Kadam said in Mumbai.
The comments came in the wake of NCP ousting Congress
from the Yavatmal Zilla Parishad, which the latter had
controlled since its inception.
Yavatmal is the home district of state Congress chief
Manikrao Thakre. Congress had emerged as the single largest party there, but NCP wrested control with the help of Sena.
"NCP is no longer a secular party," Kadam, who is the son
of senior Congress leader and minister Patangrao Kadam, said.
In a master stroke which could be a game changer in the
state`s politics, the NCP had left its traditional ally
Congress in the lurch to gain power in zilla parishads. The
party had joined hands with the BJP-Shiv Sena combine and
smaller local parties.
NCP won president`s and vice-president`s posts in 13 and
14 zilla parishads, while the Congress had to remain content
with 7 and four respectively. The NCP move is being seen as a well-planned strategy executed by its no-holds-barred leader and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
Chavan has also met AICC-in charge for Maharashtra Mohan
Prakash as well as senior Union ministers Pranab Mukherjee, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, Salman Khurshid and Anand Sharma over pending state issues.