NCP alliance difficult if conditions are impossible, says Prithviraj Chavan
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
on Wednesday said the alliance with NCP for next month’s Assembly elections
would be difficult to sew up if “impossible” conditions were laid down.
“Congress is keen on continuing the alliance with NCP
to keep the communal forces at bay. But if impossible conditions are put,
things become difficult. Had the talks been started without pre-conditions, we
would have sorted out all the issues by now,” Chavan said, talking to reporters
in Karad in western Maharashtra.
He refused to confirm if the NCP had asked for Chief
Minister’s post for half the term if voted back to power. Back to the wall,
Prithviraj Chavan has a poll plan: 4.5% Muslim quota in govt jobs in
But his cabinet colleague and senior Congress leader
Narayan Rane confirmed this, saying that Chavan was in talks with Congress high
command on the issue and a decision would be taken later this evening.
Addressing his supporters in Karad earlier, Chavan
said he would work for the development of the city from where he is planning to
contest Assembly election.
“Karad is my hometown and I owe everything I have to
this town. It is time that I repaid the people for the various opportunities
they have given me,” he said.
He added that though he spent many years in Delhi, he
never abdicated his responsibility towards the people of his state and his
“Four-lane roads as well as Karad-Chiplun rail route
have been built to ensure better connectivity. With international-standard turf
wicket, the Chhatrapati Shivaji stadium was redeveloped,” he said, citing the
infrastructure works carried out in Karad during his tenure.
He also mentioned that an agricultural college and a
hotel management institute were set up in the area.