Chavan takes potshots at NCP ministers
While not naming deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, chief minister Chavan said some ministers in his government were behaving as if they owned their departments. His target was quite clearly the NCP leader.mumbai Updated: Nov 09, 2011 01:49 IST
All does not seem well with the Prithviraj Chavan-led government that completes one year on November 11.
While not naming deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, chief minister Chavan said some ministers in his government were behaving as if they owned their departments. His target was quite clearly the NCP leader.
Reiterating his stand that the Congress had made a mistake by giving some crucial departments (such as home, finance and irrigation) to the alliance partner when it formed the coalition government, Chavan pointed fingers at his NCP colleagues in the cabinet when asked why the performance of his government was not satisfactory.
In a further indication that he was not happy with the NCP, Chavan expressed concern over little progress made by the police in the Mumbai bomb blasts in July this year.
"It is a matter of concern that there is no progress in the investigation of the blasts," Chavan told reporters. NCP's RR Patil heads the home department.
Chavan's outburst against his alliance partner may create further tension between the two partners.
The NCP is already accusing Chavan of not clearing pending files and failing to take quick decisions.
Chavan also said that the Congress would have to answer to the people on issues such as corruption and inflation when it seeks votes for the civic and district polls early next year.
He also admitted that his performance will be linked to the outcome of the elections.