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After NCP, Cong MLAs gun for Maharshtra CM

After NCP, Cong MLAs  gun for Maharshtra CM
The row between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress has come to be centred on the persona and functioning style of the Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. However, there are indications that the matter will be resolved by Wednesday. Both the NCP and the Congress gave enough indications to this effect during the day on Tuesday.

The NCP is upset that the Congress have been too dominant a partner in Maharashtra of late, but the Congress may agree to better coordination to take the coalition partner on board on crucial decisions. The NCP spokesperson D P Tripathi told Millennium Post on Tuesday, 'Most probably, the crisis will be over by tomorrow. There are talks of a putting in place a more concrete coordination committee, which will be an institutional mechanism for interaction and consultation with the coalition partners. But, the issue will be put to rest by tomorrow.'

It is not just the NCP that has gone after Chavan. Reports came in on Tuesday that some MLAs of his own party in the state were not happy with him. Some MLAs wrote a letter against him to the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre. Around 40 of the Congress' 82 MLAs in the state signed the letter, which does not name Chavan directly but clearly indicates that they are unhappy with his leadership. Also, the issue of the white paper which the Congress apparently possesses about the NCP's involvement in an alleged irrigation scam in the state had put further pressure on Chavan.

On Tuesday evening, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss this issue. The Congress sources are hopeful that a resolution will take place soon. They have confirmed that the two NCP ministers Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel will attend the cabinet meeting on Thursday.
Tania Ameer

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