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Chavan hits out at NCP

Unleashing a strategic attack on the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the chief minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan has said that nowadays even 'parties with only nine MPs get three portfolios in the union cabinet'. The NCP has targeted Chavan in the past when it forced the Congress to appoint a coordination committee for the better management of their alliance in the state as well as the centre.

Hitting out at the Sharad Pawar-led party, Chavan said, 'There is coordination in Maharashtra, but in Delhi it is more difficult, as there are several smaller parties.' Referring to the first tenure of the United Progressive Alliance, he said that the Left despite having 61 MPs chose not to have any cabinet berths but supported the government from the outside.

In his apparent referent to NCP, he said, 'Had [the Left chosen to join the government], we would have had to give them 15 ministries, because now parties with only nine MPs have three ministers.'
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