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Wish govt works smoothly: CM

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday admitted that all was not well with the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance that has been in power in the state for more than 10 years.

mumbai Updated: Jul 02, 2010 00:50 IST
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Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday admitted that all was not well with the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance that has been in power in the state for more than 10 years.

Chavan said at a party function that he expected the Democratic Front government to run smoothly.

“I wish this government functions without any problems,” he said, when asked if differences between the alliance partners were a cause for worry.

He said there were certain issues that the two parties were willing to sort out amicably.

“We met yesterday (Wednesday) to discuss certain things, and we will continue to do that in future.”

The partners clashed after Congress spokesperson Hussain Dalwai accused the NCP of orchestrating communal riots in Sangli-Miraj for political gains in the 2009 Assembly polls.

NCP and Congress ministers argued bitterly at Wednesday’s Cabinet meet and traded charges.

A Congress minister also accused NCP ministers of making anti-government statements on the Best-Five scheme for SSC students.

Chavan, somehow, managed to cool tempers by convening a meeting of senior ministers and leaders from both sides after the Cabinet meet to sort out differences.

“I plan to call such meetings frequently to understand problems and resolve them for better functioning of the government. The next one would be after the monsoon session of the state legislature, which begins on July 12,” he said.