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Chavan should stick to his job, says NCP chief

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 08, 2013
First Published: 01:30 IST(8/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(8/1/2013)

Taking a dig at chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said that he should stick to his own job.

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The Union agriculture minister also backed his party leaders on the new industrial policy saying they had only expressed their doubts.

"Why is he [the CM] worried about Gujarat?  Have all the problems in the state been resolved and addressed. I didn't know that the Congress had given him the additional responsibility of Gujarat and other states," said Pawar.

Pawar's jibe came in the wake of Chavan's remarks that the NCP will have to sit in the Opposition benches after the 2014 elections, if they decide to rethink on the coalition.

Pawar clarified that his remark on rethinking of strategy was in context of Gujarat polls, where the NCP had a seat- sharing agreement with the Congress. "I stand by my comment. If the Congress continues to behave the way they did during the Gujarat election, we will have to reconsider our alliance," he said.

Pawar also pointed out that NCP's main objection to the SEZ exit option of the new industrial policy was that the land acquired for a particular reason was being utilised for something else. "The interest of the land owners should be protected especially where the land is in the government's possession," he said.

He said that his party was in favour of promoting industry and getting investment.


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