Even as the Congress-NCP alliance prepare to form the new government in Maharashtra for the third successive term, both the parties continued to spar over allocation of departments.
The Congress wants NCP to give the up all-important home department. It also wants NCP to concede finance and three other departments that were exchanged for the CM’s post five years ago.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Sunday in New Delhi that the decision concerning the exchange will be taken in consultation with NCP leaders.
But senior NCP leader Govindrao Adik dismissed the suggestion. “The departments like home, finance and power have been with NCP for last 10 years and we will continue to have them.”
NCP leaders and legislators are expected to discuss the issue on Monday when they meet to elect their nomination for the next Deputy Chief Minister. Though Ajit Pawar, R.R. Patil and Jayant Patil are in the race, NCP is likely to retain Chhagan Bhujbal.
Referring to his new term, Chavan said: “This will be test match, not a one-dayer.”
He added that implementing the Congress-NCP joint manifesto, including addressing power shortage in the state, the housing problem in Mumbai and developing infrastructure were high on his agenda.
“In three years, Maharashtra will be self sufficient in power,’’ Chavan who got a gift from party chief Sonia Gandhi a few days ahead of his birthday on October 28—chief ministership.
Chavan has also promised to fast track the development of infrastructure in Mumbai.
“We need to break the cycle of setting up jhuggi jhopris by regularising them and ensure that there are no new slums,’’ he said. The long pending issue of monitoring the economic condition of farmers, especially in Vidarbha is also on his agenda.