Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday night said NCP's announcement of the decision to break ties with Congress soon after the crumbling of Shiv Sena-BJP alliance was "a remarkable coincidence" and that "personal ambitions prevailed more than larger interest of the people".
Addressing a press conference here, Chavan hit out at NCP, saying that for the first time in 15 years of Congress-NCP coalition, the proposal of sharing the Chief Minister's post by rotation came up yesterday during the seat- sharing talks.
"This shows that more than the larger interest of the people, personal ambitions prevailed," Chavan said in a veiled reference to Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar's chief ministerial ambitions.
Chavan said NCP's demand for 144 seats was "unreasonable". "Talks cannot be held with pre-conditions. In 2009, as Congress had got double the seats than that won by NCP in Lok Sabha polls, Congress got additional ten seats for assembly elections. Now in 2014, NCP got double the seats than Congress. So, we decided to give ten seats to NCP. Shouldn't the same formula be adopted in 2014?" he said.
Chavan said Congress had given a list of 29 constituencies to NCP and asked it to choose these additional ten seats from it. "When the talks were on, NCP came up with a fresh condition about sharing the CM's post by rotation for the first time," he said.
"NCP decided to call off the alliance only an hour after BJP decided to split with the Sena. It must be called a very remarkable coincidence," he said.
Chavan also alleged NCP was now warming up to BJP, post the Lok Sabha elections and BJP's electoral success.
"Today's chain of events was swift and dramatic. All of us will have to keep a close watch now on the new political combinations that may emerge tomorrow," he said.
Chavan, often criticised for not being decisive as Chief Minister, also asserted that he did not take any decision that could have harmed the larger interest of public. "I am confident that people will vote for a single party majority government and Congress will come to power for the fourth time (since 1999)," he said.