The Congress-NCP battle moved from the Centre to the state on Saturday and Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan emerged as the Sharad Pawar camp’s target.
Pawar and Praful Patel arrived from Delhi and headed straight into a meeting with the NCP brass. Sources said the NCP chief had conveyed to the Congress leadership that his party was finding it increasingly difficult to function in the ruling coalition in the state due to Chavan.
The NCP is likely to take a final call on pulling out of the UPA government on Monday.
“For two years, we haven’t been taken into confidence on important decisions. There is lack of coordination in the government,” Patel said. “There was a system in place but it’s stopped working this last one year.”
The allies have been sharing power in the state since 1999. Chavan became CM in 2010.
Patel later called on Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray in hospital.
In Delhi, Congress sources said Chavan may be called in the next few days but ruled out his removal. He was set to be in the Capital on Saturday but cancelled his trip.
Among the CM’s actions that have hurt the NCP are the dissolution of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, which is controlled by the NCP. He has also announced a white paper on irrigation, a department headed by Pawar’s nephew and deputy CM Ajit Pawar for a decade.
(Inputs from HTC, Delhi)