Opposition a threat, need to put best foot forward, says CM
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday acknowledged the threat of a better performance by opposition parties this Lok Sabha elections.
“If we (the Congress and its allies) do not put our best foot forward, we could face the threat of a better performance by communal parties,” Chavan said, while addressing reporters during an interaction organised by the party.
He was, however, quick to point out that this very threat was bringing about better coordination between the workers of Congress and ally NCP in the state. “It is the same scenario like the one that existed before the NCP split from the Congress in 1999.
While the Congress and the NCP had pre-poll alliance in 2004 and 2009 too, the coordination this time is far better,” Chavan said, pointing out that leaders from both parties were holding joint rallies for their candidates. He said that barring two to three exceptions, the governing alliance in the state had not witnessed internal rebellion against candidates put up by them.
Taking a dig at the BJP’s overtures towards MNS, Chavan said, “The opposition is indulging in selective alliance, alliances within their alliance, and private understandings. We believe the confusion created due to this will benefit us (the Congress-led alliance).”
The CM played down the impact that new entrant Aam Aadmi Party on election results. “While the voter response to AAP will become clear after the polls, we (the Congress) believe this won’t be much and the elections will be contested on traditional lines.”
Lauding the performance of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the centre, Chavan said the economic development achieved in the past 10 years was one that has never been witnessed before. With the first phase of polls in Maharashtra scheduled for April 10, Chavan said UPA chairperson and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi would be holding rallies in Nagpur and Gondia during the first week of April. Ten Lok Sabha seats in the Vidharbha belt will go to polls in the first phase.