Maharashtra: Resentment brewing in Congress

There is growing resentment in Maharashtra unit of Cong as well as legislators on organisational matters and vacancies in the Council of Ministers.

Mumbai: With barely four months to go for
local bodies polls in Maharashtra, there is growing resentment
in the state unit of Congress as well as legislators over the
"indecision" on organisational matters and vacancies in the
Council of Ministers.

Between December this year and March 2012, 10 municipal
corporations, 195 municipal councils, 27 zilla parishads and
209 panchayat samitis will go to polls.
A senior MPCC functionary said resentment is brewing
among legislators, who feel that it is high time Chief
Minister Prithivraj Chavan took decisions to fill up three
vacancies from the Congress quota - two Cabinet and one
Minister of State.

Similarly, appointments to the state run corporations and
boards have still not been made.

"Seventy per cent government committees at the district
level have not been constituted. Three ministerial positions
have also to be filled in," party sources said.
According to sources, legislators want the Chief Minister
to go in for a reshuffle rather than expansion.

"Most of the legislators feel that performance of the
present ministers must be evaluated and changes be made
accordingly. The Congress team of ministers need to get a
fresh look," they said.

The state unit of the party has also not finalised its
executive committee and office-bearers after Manikrao Thakre
was re-appointed as its chief.

"District unit presidents have not yet been appointed in
15 districts," sources added.


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