Maha Cong to wait and watch, Thakre writes to state NCP chief

Maharashtra Cong chief said the party was prepared to discuss the issue of alleged lack of coordination between the two alliance partners.

Mumbai: Amid the continuing impasse over Congress-NCP ties, Maharashtra Congress chief Manikrao Thakre on Monday said the party was prepared to discuss the issue of alleged lack of coordination between the two alliance partners in Maharashtra.

"We can sit together and resolve things if they feel there is any lack of coordination," he told reporters, adding that he has written to state NCP chief Madhukar Pichad in this regard.

A meeting of Congress ministers, chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, today discussed the fresh trouble in UPA following NCP`s decision to pull out of the government and also the latter`s complaint about poor coordination with Congress in Maharashtra where the two parties share power.

"The issues raised by the NCP basically pertain to the Centre. We have to wait and watch," sources in the know told PTI after the meeting.

Thakre said he today wrote a letter to Pichad informing him that the Congress was ready to hold monthly meetings of the coordination committee and a suitable date and time should be fixed in consultation with the chief minister and his deputy.

"Such a meeting is necessary to discuss the issues between the two parties and for better coordination. They will raise their issues and we too can inform them of our views," he said.

"For the last few years there has been no coordination (between Congress and NCP) in Maharashtra," Union minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel had said on Saturday after a meeting Sharad Pawar had with senior state party leaders.

NCP leaders are said to be particularly irked over Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan`s decision to bring out a `white paper` on irrigation projects in the state amid allegations that irrigation potential had gone up by a meagre 0.1 per cent over the past decade despite an expenditure of Rs 50,000 crore.

Irrigation portfolio has been with NCP under the
Democratic Front government and Pawar`s nephew and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar has presided over it for several years. Currently Sunil Tatkare holds the portfolio.

PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal of NCP is also facing allegations of corruption in construction of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi. NCP is also upset with the Chief Minister for superseding the NCP-controlled board of Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank on the recommendation of Reserve Bank of India after its negative net worth shot up to Rs 144 crore.

Chavan had also raised the hackles of his ally by saying it was not appropriate for the key home ministry to be given to junior partner NCP.

The NCP has also been accusing Chavan of slow decision-making.


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