Based on his performance over the past one year, Opposition parties have rated Prithviraj Chavan as one of the most ineffective chief ministers Maharashtra has had so far.
Opposition leader in the Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse (Bharatiya Janata Party) said Chavan had failed on all fronts, including his much-touted anti-corruption agenda.
“After the Adarsh housing society scam, Congress sent Chavan to Maharashtra to curtail corruption. But in the past year, hundreds of employees of all ranks were booked for accepting bribes. The highlight of corruption was the arrest of education minister Rajendra Darda’s personal assistant in the Mantralaya building,” Khadse told Hindustan Times.
Shiv Sena’s group leader in the Legislative Assembly Subhash Desai said that people – cutting across classes – were unhappy in Chavan’s regime. “Prices of all essential commodities escalated in the past year. The government has made life miserable,” he said.
Khadse and Desai drew attention to Chavan’s failure in improving the power situation. They blamed migration of industries to other states on power crisis. “When industries shifted, it created more unemployment. The unemployed people took to crime, making law and order uncontrollable,” said Khadse.
“They have not arrested the people responsible for Mumbai blasts since July,” he added.
Khadse lambasted Chavan for being too lenient with warring ministers. “Infighting in the state cabinet has affected the state’s development. These ministers work in selfish manner and ignore public issues. Chavan has not disciplined such ministers.”