The ties between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have hit a new low. Just hours after Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan regretted giving the key home portfolio to its ally, the NCP hit back.
In its draft economic and political resolution to be presented at a party convention on Saturday, the NCP's youth wing has launched a blistering attack on the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
"The performance of the present UPA government is not living up to the expectations of the people who voted them to power with a majority. The government acts as an on-looker while people are suffering from high price rise, soaring rate of inflation, deteriorating law and order situation as more districts fall to naxal movements," the resolution said.
The NCP is part of the Congress-led alliance at the Centre from 2004 and in Maharashtra since 1999. Its chief Sharad Pawar is also the minister of agriculture in the central government. However, of late, relations between the allies have been volatile and the two have sparred on several occasions of late.
The Congress has, on many occasions, blamed Pawar — though indirectly — for the spike in food prices. NCP has retaliated by attacking it on the issue of frequent fuel price hikes.
"The Prime Minister and… the Congress party act in confusion and (are) creating a situation where governance (has) disappeared… At the same time, Congress leaders are not losing any chance in attacking ministers from coalition partners over issues for which the entire cabinet is responsible," the resolution said. The party also attacked the go-it-alone policy of the Congress, aggressively pursed by Rahul Gandhi, in assembly elections in states like Bihar.
The Congress party doesn’t seem to have woken up to the reality of coalition politics; its leadership still languishes in the daydreams of single party rule, the resolution said.