Pawar’s jibe at Chavan: ‘Stick to problems in Maharashtra’

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday trained his guns on Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan when he said that instead of worrying about Gujarat, Chavan should tackle the problems in Maharashtra.

"I wonder why Chavan should be so concerned about Gujarat when there are so many problems in Maharashtra. I did not know that he has been entrusted the additional duties of Gujarat," he said.

Pawar has been unhappy with the Congress as it had fielded candidates against NCP in nine seats in the Gujarat Assembly polls. He had threatened to break the alliance over the issue.

Last week, Chavan took a dig at Pawar when he said, "If they want to break the alliance with the Congress and sit in the Opposition with NDA, it is fine."

When Pawar was told about Chavan's observations, he explained, "My objections to the Congress and NCP alliance was confined to Gujarat. I was speaking about the developments in Gujarat Assembly elections where NCP was betrayed by Congress."

At the state level, NCP leaders have been wondering that if the Congress continues such betrayal it would be difficult for them to trust the alliance. However, the state Congress has been effectively countering the NCP by listing out several such instances in past where they had dishonoured alliance or worked against their official candidates in local bodies elections.

Chavan's comment against NCP has not gone well with the ministers who have reported to Pawar.

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