The state Congress on Wednesday pledged to outdo Opposition parties in the local self-government polls, including city’s civil elections and 27 zilla parishads, to be held in next 10 months.
To boost morale of party workers in the run-up to the upcoming polls, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced that the political appointments to the various public sector undertakings (PSUs) would be made after the budget session.
These appointments are most sought-after as respective appointees get the rank of a minister — cabinet or a minister of state. No such appointments have been made in the past five years.
“I’m of the opinion that party workers should be strengthened and treated with highest regard,” said Chavan, while speaking at a party conclave at YB Chavan Centre.
The state Congress accorded reception to the All India Congress Committee member (in-charge of Maharashtra) Mohan Prakash on this occasion.
Reacting to Union minister Gurudas Kamat’s demand that the party needed to resolve clashes within the party ahead of polls, Chavan assured to meet all aggrieved persons. “I want you all to put on a united fight in coming polls.”
Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde called for a fitting reply to Opposition’s allegations. Chavan hit at Opposition for the WikiLeaks expose. “This is nothing but character assassination of our senior leaders.”
Chavan also mentioned the situation under which he replaced Ashok Chavan as the chief minister of the state. “I was sent here in a specific situation. The high command had to take certain hard decisions.”
The CM admitted that he faced initial hiccups in running the government. “But I have realised that functioning becomes smooth once you give priority to the party.”
Prakash advised party leaders to resolve differences through cordial talks. “If two countries can make peace through talks, then we should also do the same.” Prakash asked the state unit to observe the next year as the ‘social equality year’.