Maharashtra CM denies pressure from leadership

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan cryptic comment on the possibility of him leading the coalition during 2014 Assembly Elections, sparked off speculations on a possible change of leadership in the state just before the polls.

Talking to reporters on Thursday after speculations “on his imminent ouster”, Chavan refusing to get drawn into the controversy  simply stated that “let 2014 come and you will know”.

When asked about the rumours that grabbed headlines, he said, “There was no pressure from party leaders in Delhi or for that matter from my own MLAs...there was no pressure even from NCP quarters.

“The crisis which you people talked about never existed. It was blown up by media. Our coordination with NCP has always been cordial and good. They [NCP] just wanted to formalise the existing informal coordination committee.”

Chavan also spoke at length on the rumoured dissidence and anger amongst Congress MLAs regarding his style of functioning often described as “ulta-cautious approach”.
Giving details of the purported complaint, he said that the letter talks of developmental issues and seeks cabinet restructuring.

On the issue of corruption charges levelled against politicians in the coalition, Chavan emphasized that he was not gunning for anybody and “since most of them are sub judice, they cannot be discussed”.

Similarly, he also dismissed that his demand for white paper on irrigation projects was being made 'only to harass the coalition NCP. “White paper tells people at large as to the status of projects. The demand for white paper in regard to irrigation projects which incidentally is under NCP is not to undermine any person but to help the government prioritise the projects.”


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