PM should show leadership or shoulder responsibility: Prithviraj Chavan


Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should show "leadership" to resolve the power crisis in the country or else shoulder complete responsibility for any breakdown, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan (rpt Prithviraj Chavan) said here on Sunday.

Chavan was talking to reporters after releasing the campaign booklets for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections. The booklets focus on 15 years of Congress-NCP rule and failures of 100 day-old Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

Chavan rejected Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal's charge, made in Delhi earlier today, that he (Chavan) was "politicising" the power situation and levelling "baseless allegations" against the central government.

Talking to reporters here, Chavan said that he had not levelled any allegations. "It is not a fight between the Maharashtra Congress and the Gujarat BJP. It's a national crisis caused due to certain orders by the highest court and decisions of power firms to provide electricity after Indonesia changed some of its laws. It is not my job to negotiate with Indonesia," he said.

Chavan said that the issue was not resolved though he had met Goyal to discuss the crisis.

"If the central government can't resolve the issue, it should shoulder complete responsibility," Chavan said.

Chavan said there has been no response, though he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to convene a meeting of chief ministers, to resolve the crisis.

"In Gujarat, there was loadshedding of 3,500 MW last week," he said.

To a question on why the Congress was targeting Narendra Modi instead of focussing on its development work, Chavan replied, "In the BJP there is only one leader now. So we can only speak about Modi," he said.

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