NCP objects to Chavan`s remarks over portfolio allocation

In July, Chavan had said that Congress agreeing to give the key Home portfolio to NCP was a "mistake".

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2011, 13:53 PM IST

Mumbai: The NCP has taken strong objection
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.

"This was a formula we (Congress and NCP) agreed in 1999,
when the coalition government first came to power. It was
decided at the time and this has been the formula for the last
10 years," NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar told PTI here
today.

"Moreover, the chief minister has the full power to
review any ministry. So, there is no justification in saying
such things," Anwar said adding that the coalition dharma is
to take everybody into confidence.

Making such remarks (by Chavan) repeatedly will send a
wrong message, the NCP leader said.

Talking to reporters here at a Diwali get-together,
Chavan had repeated his much-publicised view that the Home
Minister should have been from the Congress and not from the
Sharad Pawar-led party.

In July, Chavan had said that Congress agreeing to give
the key Home portfolio to NCP was a "mistake".

"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.

PTI