Mumbai: The NCP took strong exception to
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan`s view that the
state Home Minister should have been from the Congress and not
from the Sharad Pawar-led party.
"Congress can just tell us that they don`t want an
alliance instead of making such statements. We can go on our
own," a TV channel quoted NCP state unit president Madhukar
Pichad as saying.
NCP spokesperson Madan Bafna, however, told PTI that the
Chief Minister has clarified that he had full faith in Home
Minister R R Patil, who is from NCP.
"The CM has said that Congress-NCP government has been
running smoothly since 1999 and that there is no difference
between the two parties," Bafna, a former minister, said.
"We don`t have anything further to say after the CM`s
clarification," Bafna said.
Chavan had told a TV channel here yesterday that Congress
agreeing to give the key Home portfolio to NCP was a
"I think it was a mistake. We should have re-looked at
it. I don`t know of any other coalition government where the
portfolios of Home, Finance and Planning are not with the
Chief Minister," Chavan had said.