Focus on 2014 polls, will contest with NCP: Chavan

CM completes 2 yrs in office, will keep promise to make state load shedding-free by December

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan dismissed differences between ruling partners Congress and NCP on Sunday and asserted the parties would contest the 2014 parliamentary and assembly elections together.

He was speaking to reporters at his residence after completing two years in office.

CM said differences arose only when the parties fought each other in local elections.

"That phase of six months is now over and we will work in coordination and with focus on 2014 elections," said Chavan.

CM said the monthly coordination committee meetings between the parties had begun at the national and state levels to resolve issues, if any.

"Disputes arise during gram panchayat and nagar parishad elections... We are focusing on 2014 assembly and Lok Sabha elections. We will contest both elections together," he said.

Chavan claimed his two years focused on rule- and system-based governance. "In the earlier set-up, decisions were made after personal follow-ups. There is a need for complete information, which sometimes is not one is ready for retrospective decisions."

Asked whether the alliance would be able to fulfill the promise of a load shedding-free Maharashtra by the end of this year, he said 'yes', by December 31.

CM, however, admitted hurdles in the path, such as quality of coal and unavailability of gas.

"Difficulties such as scarcity of coal, increase in coal cost in the international market and short supply of gas have affected power production."

Chavan said he felt concerned about the safety of Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project after the Fukushima incident. "(But) I have been assured nuclear plants in the country are safe and Jaitapur is safer than some of the others," he said.

CM said the foundation had been laid in his two years at the helm to take many important decisions in Mumbai and the state.

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