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Chavan-Deshmukh likely to call truce

india Updated: Jul 29, 2009 00:41 IST
HT Political Bureau
HT Political Bureau
Hindustan Times
Industries Minister Narayan Rane

After a meeting between Industries Minister Narayan Rane and Union Heavy Industries Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s meet, it is turn of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to call a truce with his adversary.

Sources said Chavan has invited Deshmukh for a chat over dinner so that the two could sort out their differences. “The reconciliation meeting is likely to happen on Wednesday evening after Deshmukh files his nomination for Rajya Sabha elections,”said a key Congress leader requesting anonymity.

A cold war was on between the two leaders for the past four-five months as Chavan tried to gain control of the party unit in the state. Both hail from the Marathawada region (central Maharashtra) and know that they are threat to each other.

However, as the party top brass is planning to regain control of Maharashtra from its alliance partner National Congress Party (which won more seats than Congress in 2004 assembly elections), warring leaders of the party have been asked to work together.

The State Assembly polls are likely in October this year and the party leadership wants Congress leaders to shun overconfidence that stemmed from an overwhelming Lok Sabha results.