Mumbai: Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar has
said not staking claim on chief minister`s post after the 2004
Maharashtra Assembly polls was the party`s "biggest mistake".
"State NCP leaders should had convinced leaders in
Delhi...Not staking claim on the CM`s post despite having
more legislators than Congress (in 2004 Maharashtra Assembly
polls) was a big mistake," Ajit Pawar, nephew of party chief
Sharad Pawar, and also state energy and irrigation minister,
told a Marathi newspaper here.
"It was decided in the (Congress-NCP) alliance that the
CM`s post would go to the party which would get more
legislators. NCP got 71 and Congress 69. NCP should have got
CM`s post, respecting public mandate.
"However, state leaders are to blame for losing the
chance to have a CM from NCP. We should had convinced Delhi
leaders to get the CM`s post for the party," 51-year-old Ajit