Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar still seems to be giving chief minister (CM) Prithviraj Chavan the cold shoulder.
On Tuesday, Pawar kept away from the golden jubilee function of the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank, which he controlled till the CM appointed administrators earlier this year.
Chavan and other Congress ministers made customary speeches at the ceremony held at YB Chavan Centre. Prakash Solanke was the only Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) minister present at the function.
According to one of Pawar's personal staff members, the minister won't be attending yet another meeting that Chavan was expected to convene - this time to review the power crisis. "As energy minister, Pawar will discuss the matter in the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He will then head to New Delhi to meet the Union power and coal ministers to seek uninterrupted fuel supply for the state," he said.
While the NCP office said Pawar was campaigning for a party candidate in the assembly by-poll in Khadakwasla (Pune), a leader close to the minister said his absence was a result of the events that unfolded in May.
The Reserve Bank of India had suspended the MSC Bank's board of directors, including Pawar, on charges of financial irregularities, negative worth.