The state Congress strongly opposed its alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party’s criticism of chief minister Prithviraj Chavan over surge in costs due to delay in infrastructure projects in the city.
It said on Friday that NCP was misleading the people in spite of being part of the government.
Congress wants NCP to rein in its chief spokesman Nawab Malik for making such unwarranted statements after Chavan flagged off the metro trial run on May 1. Malik termed the flagging off as a mere trailer and demanded the chief minister to release the entire movie (starting of the much-delayed rail) at once.
He also asked Chavan to reduce the cost of affordable housing. Chavan heads departments dealing with infrastructure and housing. Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said Chavan in fact speeded up all pending projects in the city.
“These projects were delayed for several reasons but then the CM ensured that they were put back on track. NCP cannot make such misleading and wrong statements because they are part of the government,” Sawant said.
He ridiculed NCP and Malik by saying that Chavan not only showed the trailer but he also announced the timing of the movie’s release.
The CM is going to meet the deadlines and the Congress will strengthen his resolve, he said.
Chavan, who was in New Delhi on Thursday-Friday, asked Sawant to give a befitting reply to NCP in a media conference.
Sawant said the party would raise the issue at the Congress-NCP coordination meeting. The verbal exchange has triggered yet another round of tussle between the long-time partners.
Last year, they fought over irrigation. Early this year, they had a brief tussle over SEZ exit policy but then patched up.
However, NCP again targeted Chavan over alleged mismanagement in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada). Congress has been controlling the two agencies since 1999.
Sawant justified the cost of affordable houses put on sale by MHADA.