A day after deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar apologised for his crude and offensive remarks, the Nationalist Congress Party wants to draw curtains on the issue. With the Opposition, especially the Shiv Sena and the MNS, upping its ante against Pawar’s statements, the stalemate may continue in the state legislature for a third day on Wednesday.
The state legislature was adjourned for the day on Monday and Tuesday over Pawar’s remarks, with the saffron combine demanding his resignation. The Opposition is keen on getting a statement and an apology from the chief minister on this issue. NCP, knowing well that this will lead to further public ignominy, has put its foot down saying the issue stands closed.
“The deputy CM has apologised in both the state legislatures and he has admitted to his blunder and apologised to the nation. He has realised his mistake and regrets it. Now, the issue is closed. Why should chief minister apologise?” asked Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson.
Sources said the BJP is not keen on stretching the issue. “We want work in the state legislature to continue as we have several issues we can slam the government with, including irrigation. If one just adjourns the House, the government will pass the budget and bills without any discussion,” said a senior BJP leader.
He added that the CM is willing to make a statement but the NCP is not keen on it. Senior leaders in the NCP, however, suspect Chavan is enjoying their discomfiture.