Maharashtra Congress on Friday rejected the charges of ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) that decision-making had slowed down on the LPG issue, saying the state government was committed to provide three additional subsidised cylinders to the common man.
“I am surprised at the comments of NCP that it will take to streets if the decision is not implemented in a week’s time, saying that decision making was slow. Such statements are not right,” MPCC president Manikrao Thakre said.
“Congress high command has already asked its governments to provide three additional cylinders, apart from the six subsidised ones to be given by the Centre. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has also assured that a decision to this effect will be taken before Diwali. Congress and NCP can equally share the credit of providing relief to the common man,” he added.
Thakre was reacting to NCP’s threat to launch a statewide agitation if the LPG decision was not taken in a week’s time and criticising the chief minister’s style of functioning, calling it “slow”.
Thakre said that MPCC, in a span of five days, collected signatures of 20 lakh farmers and general public, supporting the Centre’s 51% FDI in multi-brand retail. He said an awareness campaign was conducted by the state Congress recently. The document containing the signatures was dispatched to Delhi on Friday, where it will be handed over to the party leadership on Nov 4.
Senior leaders Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Patangrao Kadam, Harshvardhan Patil, Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan were present on the occasion.