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Cabinet aspirant slams Cong leaders

india Updated: Feb 21, 2009 02:02 IST
Dharmendra Jore
Dharmendra Jore
Hindustan Times
Cabinet aspirant slams Cong leaders

A day after Chief Minister Ashok Chavan expanded his Cabinet, senior Congressman and former state agriculture minister Govindrao Adik alleged that the Congress had replaced him with a ‘turncoat’ barely an hour before Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony. Loyalists were routinely being denied ministerial berths, he added.

The former state Congress chief told reporters on Friday that ‘a leader’ from Ahmed-nagar (Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil) had rebelled against the Congress a decade ago and joined the Shiv Sena. “This politician and his father (Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil) had even floated a forum to oppose the late Rajiv Gandhi,” said Adik, also from Ahmednagar.

Adik also hit out indirectly at Shiv Sainik-turned-Cong-ressman Narayan Rane, who was made minister despite rebelling against the Congress barely two months ago.

Seconds later, though, he had words of support for the former Revenue minister, saying: “Rane’s allegations are true… the same set of people schemed against me too. On Thursday, the Protocol Department invited me to Raj Bhavan for the swearing-in but later informed me that my name was missing from the final list of three.”

State party president Manik-rao Thakare said Adik should avoid making public statements. “He should discuss such issues with the leadership.”