‘No personal gibes on Cong leaders’
Putting an end to the ongoing spat between senior Congress minister Narayan Rane and his nephew, Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Friday said NCP leaders should not make personal jibes at Congress politicians.
However, even as Pawar advised his party to stop making personal remarks, he could not resist taking potshots at Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
Reprimanding Ajit and home minister RR Patil, Pawar said: “NCP leaders and party workers should show restraint and avoid making personal remarks even if the other side resorts to such attacks.”
The NCP chief advised his party members against making such attacks, saying that the two parties will continue to share power in the state and run the government even after the local elections are over.
Earlier this week, the verbal duel between Rane and NCP ministers had intensified, with Rane claiming that he would expose the NCP’s involvement in various land scams.
Ajit had responded saying that Rane had lost his “mental balance”, while Patil had accused him of misusing security and resorting to violence. The fight for the Konkan turf in the upcoming elections was at the heart of the mud-slinging match.
“I don’t want to see a repeat of what happened in the last three days… this is my advice as party chief and an elderly person to my people,” Pawar said.
However, responding to Chavan’s statement that in 2014, the Congress wants to form the state government on its own strength, Pawar said: “This will spur our party to work hard and expand our base. But I think one should only take the views of those who have been directly elected from the people seriously, not others.”
Chavan is a member of the Legislative Council and was formerly a Rajya Sabha member when he was a Union minister. He has not faced elections in the past three tenures.
Pawar also hit back at Chavan’s statement that the NCP was created out of personal ambition. “The NCP is a party made of self-made leaders who work among the masses. They are not deputed or nominated from elsewhere.”
Meanwhile, Chavan also reprimanded his party leaders for the ongoing verbal duel.
“'It is understood that the Congress and the NCP are competitors in the zillsa parishad polls, but leaders are expected to talk development and not level personal charges against each other,” he said.