The Maharashtra government has ignored Mumbai for too long, bringing the city to the verge of collapse and still doing nothing to fix it, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Saturday.
His comments, slamming state alliance partner Congress, comes a day after Congress leader and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan blamed the coalition for slow growth. In a direct riposte to Chavan’s remarks, Pawar added that more than 78% of governments around the world were run by coalitions, including Japan, Germany and England. “Running a collation is an art and it is running very well at the centre,” he said. “In the last eight years, the Prime Minister and I never had any differences. There were differences of opinions on various issues, such as cotton and sugar exports, but these were resolved within half an hour,” Pawar said.
Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was quite responsive to the city, but now this was not the case, Pawar added. “We need to take corrective steps and change the outlook.”