Mumbai: A meeting of the Congress-NCP coordination committee in the state is likely take place on 2 or 3 August, in the backdrop of the recent standoff between the two parties.
“The meeting is expected to take place on 2 or 3 August,” state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre told reporters in Mumbai today.
The committee was revived after the recent stand-off between NCP and Congress, who share the power in Maharashtra.
Thakre was critical of the comments of his NCP counterpart Madhukar Pichad against Prithviraj Chavan. Pichad had said that the chief minister did not clear the files of departments handled by NCP ministers, or heed demands of NCP legislators.
“Chavan’s functioning is transparent and for public good. NCP should bring up specific complaints. Chavan does not have personal agenda. We will discuss this with NCP in the coordination committee meeting,” Thakre said.
When asked about the praise of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by Congress’s Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda (who is from Maharashtra), Thakre said, “The issue is in the purview of the high command.”
To a question on today’s editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna which takes swipes at him, Thakre said, “One cannot expect Saamna to write good about me.”
He, however, rejected the allegation that he instigated Congress MLAs to write against Chavan’s style of functioning to the party leadership.