Points of Dis­cord

NCP has a long list of grouses with Congress

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1 NCP wants UPA 2 to have a co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee. It feels Congress takes

de­ci­sions and presents these to the al­lies as fait ac­com­pli. NDA has both a chair­per­son and con­vener. UPA only has the Congress pres­i­dent as chair­per­son. Congress has agreed to a com­mit­tee with So­nia head­ing it.

2 It was Congress’s pre­rog­a­tive not to make Sharad Pawar No. 2 but it was

in­ap­pro­pri­ate to hu­mil­i­ate him by briefing the me­dia that as the leader of a small party, Pawar should not ex­pect that po­si­tion. He is, how­ever, the most se­nior Cab­i­net min­is­ter af­ter Pranab Mukher­jee’s exit.

3 NCP wants bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion within the Congress- NCP gov­ern­ment in

Ma­ha­rash­tra. The co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee has not met for nearly three years. Chief Min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van has called a meet­ing in end- July.

4 NCP wants Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter Prithvi­raj Cha­van to not tar­get its

min­is­ters. On May 4, Cha­van an­nounced a white pa­per on the state’s ex­pen­di­ture by the ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment over the last decade. NCP’s Ajit Pawar was the ir­ri­ga­tion min­is­ter from 1999 to 2010.

5 NCP as well as other UPA al­lies have no role in ap­point­ments. In eight years,

the Gov­ern­ment has ap­pointed 24 Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers and 50 gov­er­nors. Even the post of deputy chair­per­son of the Ra­jya Sabha was de­cided with­out con­sult­ing them. Congress has agreed to con­sult al­lies.



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