Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CM\'s answer to Pawar barb: Public over special interest

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday responded to criticism by NCP chief Sharad Pawar that he was delaying decisions on crucial issues, saying that he was focused on matters of public interest and took a little longer to clear special interest issues.

"The works which are within the norms are completed immediately. The priority is for work concerning common people," Chavan told journalists after the weekly Cabinet meeting. When asked for his reaction to the remarks by the NCP chief, the chief minister said, "I will not advise him on what words to use."

Chavan said files pertaining to individuals and involving special concessions took a longer time to clear as legal issues had to be considered.

Addressing a function in Pune on Tuesday, Pawar had said that "I don't know whether (his) hands are paralysed when it comes to signing files. I hear there are files pending for three months."

Sources close to Chavan said Pawar was upset with the CM as he had not conceded a slew of concessions demanded by a big builder. On Wednesday, Chavan also rejected Pawar's accusation of a policy paralysis, saying that a similar charge was levelled against prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Meanwhile, political observers have suggested that Pawar's broadside aimed at Chavan could be part of a larger plan by the NCP to counter the Congress, which is looking for a larger share of the Lok Sabha seats in the forthcoming general elections, after the local poll reversals the NCP has suffered recently. (The Congress now has 26 of the 48 seats from Maharashtra.)

"The NCP wants to scare us before the elections. These are pressure tactics," said a senior Congress member of Parliament. He also said Pawar may be trying to assuage his nephew and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and other NCP ministers. The Congress leader pointed out that Sharad Pawar, whose supporters believe he is a putative candidate for prime minister in case of a hung Lok Sabha, enjoyed a good working relationship with Chavan.
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