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NCP mouthpiece slams Sonia

The strained relations between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party has taken a further beating because of caustic remarks made in an editorial of NCP’s monthly magazine Rashtravaadi, reports Dharmendra Jore.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2009 00:13 IST
Dharmendra Jore

The strained relations between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has taken a further beating because of caustic remarks made in an editorial of NCP’s monthly magazine Rashtravaadi.

The Congressmen have strongly condemned the content and asked high command to snap ties with NCP.

In Rashtravaadi’s February issue, its editor Sudhir Bhongale has accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her MP son Rahul Gandhi of feudal approach towards other parties.

“Former PM Narasimha Rao had sidelined Sonia and her cronies. But then the Gandhi family achieved some political success of which they are excessively proud.”

The editorial does not approve of Rahul's conduct. "It is unfortunate that an inexperienced youth like Rahul advises seniors in his party,” it observes.

Both parties are at loggerheads over seat sharing for the Lok Sabha elections. The second round of talks is scheduled for Friday evening. The issue is likely to flare up because some senior Congress leaders wondered if the talks should resume in such a volatile situation.

Chairman of Congress campaign committee and member of empowered seat-sharing panel, Gurudas Kamat condemned the comments saying that the Congressmen would not tolerate this insult. “Sonia Gandhi has given due respect to all the allies during the last five years. She is a classic example of humanity.”

When asked, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said that he did not read the magazine. Other leaders in the know have already passed on a translated version of the editorial to high command and appealed them to think twice before forging alliance with NCP.

NCP spokesperson Madan Bhafana said that though the party published the magazine it was not in agreement with its editorial contents.

“The editor has written the piece under his own name. His comment cannot be our party’s opinion.”