Irked with some party legislators and senior leaders who took the lead in stalling the state legislature over a tussle with the police department and the media, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's office has asked chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for a report so that the erring Congressmen are reined in.
The party high command was surprised to know that a section of MLAs worked behind the curtains to entice opposition parties, though no Congress legislator was involved in beating up police sub-inspector Sachin Suyawanshi last week. They feel the effort projected the party and Chavan in bad light. Both the houses lost precious working hours on Thursday and Friday because of repeated adjournments.
"A group of Congress MLAs initiated a signature campaign to seek justice for suspended MLAs. But, their real target was Chavan, who they have accused of being passive on their demand," said a senior Congress minister, requesting anonymity. "The same people enticed the opposition in stalling the houses when the people expect us to discuss issues of public interest," he said.
He said that troublemaker Congress legislators - a couple of former chief ministers and state president aspirants and a host of their supporters from Vidarbha and Marathwada - will be under watch in the remaining four weeks of the Budget Session.
The Congress high command has taken a cue from its ally and NCP president Sharad Pawar, who has publicly admonished NCP legislators by telling them to earn respect and not demand it (through creating ruckus in the legislature).