The Congress top brass are closely watching chief minister Prithviraj Chavan following allegations of his indecisiveness and failure to meet party workers’ expectations.
Ever since Chavan took over from Ashok Chavan in the wake of Adarsh scam in November 2010, he has been accused of delaying the clearing of proposals.
Party leaders and legislators had expected him to speed up clearances after learning the system, which was initially alien to him, but they continue to find him inordinately slow in many matters.
Party sources said the battle cry against Chavan has become cause for concern for Congress president Sonia Gandhi. It has been learnt that the party leadership wants Chavan to expedite developmental work and not make any goofs at the party level, especially after conceding the top spot to the Nationalist Congress Party in the recent local self-government polls. Chavan faces yet another test as five municipal corporation go to the polls on Sunday.
“If things continue to be as dismal, we see the possibility of Chavan’s removal later this year,” said a senior Congress leader from New Delhi.
Chavan is scheduled to visit New Delhi on Sunday and Monday, where he is expected to meet party seniors. Chavan had told the media on several occasions in the past that he did not delay any decisions and chose to decide matters that benefitted people in general and not individuals.
“Aggrieved leaders, ministers and legislators have submitted a list of files that Chavan has not cleared. They say these proposals, if cleared quickly, could give the Congress an edge in the 2014 Assembly polls,” the leader said, adding that upset leaders wanted Gandhi to intervene immediately.
Significantly, Chavan’s office on Friday issued a press release saying how various infrastructure projects were being put on the fast track.
One of the aspirants for the top job, Narayan Rane, has become active these days, while others are lobbying through their mentors.
An AICC member said, “Maharashtra is a state of prime political importance and hence party colleagues expected Chavan to rule it smartly, especially because of a stronger NCP. However, Chavan has failed to deliver.”