NCP builds pressure, says reconciliation tough with Cong

With the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar not happy being sidelined by the United Progressive Alliance government, a NCP party meeting, to discuss the current crisis in Maharashtra, is scheduled for Monday 3 pm at Pawar's residence in New Delhi.

Speaking to Millennium Post about the agenda of this crucial meet, which will decide the future of NCP-UPA relations, D P Tripathi, spokesman of the NCP said, 'The functioning of the government with their alliance partners, especially their behaviour towards NCP in Maharashtra. is the main issue that we would be focusing on. In such a scenario, we will be discussing what step should be taken next by the party. The NCP will analyse and see what the government has to offer, based on which we will decide our future course of action. We will see what is the Congress' response, after which we will act. But as of now, a reconciliation seems difficult.'

When asked about the ongoing tiff between the NCP and Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, Tripathi said, 'This is a Congress party and the media's creation that our only focus is on Chavan. This has been made into a huge issue. It is true that the government is not behaving the way a coalition government should in Maharashtra, which is actually the main issue to be addressed in the state.'

The Pawar-led party, had threatened to pull out from the UPA government, protesting against Congress' treatment of the party. NCP leader and heavy industries minister Praful Patel had indicated this in his statement, 'For two years, we haven’t been taken into confidence on important decisions. There is lack of coordination in the government. There was a system in place, but it’s stopped working this last year.'

The actions of the present Chavan-led government, which have hurt the NCP, include the dissolution of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank controlled by Pawar's party as also the announcement of a white paper on irrigation, a department which was headed by Pawar’s nephew and deputy CM Ajit Pawar.
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