'Will meet Uddhav Thackeray and raise our concern': Ashok Chavan admits to 'issues' in Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Veteran Congress leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Sunday admitted that there are "some issues" among the allies in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition in the state, saying that he will meet Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the next two days to sought out the differences.
"There are some issues (between the Maha Vikas Aghadi or the MVA allies and bureaucracy). We are trying to meet the CM to discuss all our issues with him in detail. We expect a meeting with him in the next 2 days," Chavan was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
There have been several reports of rift between the three allies -- Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress -- of the MVA coalition government over the handling of coronavirus crisis in the state. However, the Shiv Sena and the NCP have denied of such reports, saying "there is no threat to the Maharashtra government".
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However, the Congress on various occasions dissatisfaction in the government. Earlier, a Congress leader on condition of anonymity told news agency PTI that "there are some resentment within the party over certain issues, which we want to discuss with the CM and get resolved".
Before that, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi had also sparked rumours of rift after he distanced his party from the alliance, saying Congress is just a "supporting member in coalition".
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"I would like to make a differentiation here; we are supporting the government in Maharashtra but we are not the key decision-makers in Maharashtra. We are the key decision-maker in Punjab, in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Pondicherry. So there is a difference between running a government and supporting a government," Gandhi had said earlier.
However, senior Congress leader and Maharashtra speaker Nana Patole issued a clarification later, saying the Rahul's words were twisted out of context. He had also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of destabilising the government in the state.
"Whatever is being said in the media over Maharashtra political situation, there is no such situation in the state. At this time, we are only working towards fighting COVID19. We are following all guidelines of Government of India," he had said.
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