TWO days after senior ministers Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel boycotted the Union Cabinet meeting,triggering a fresh crisis in the UPA government,the NCP maintained on Saturday that it will remain a partner in the ruling coalition.
We are in the UPA and will continue to be a part of it in the future as an ally. The central government gets our support everytime and will continue to get it in future, said Patel on his arrival at the airport here with NCP president Sharad Pawar.
However,the party expressed displeasure over its views not being considered by the government and the lack of coordination with the Congress,both at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
The functioning of the government has not been according to our expectations. Our views are not considered, said Patel,speaking to the media after a meeting of top party leaders including Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar,state NCP chief Madhukar Pichad and Home Minister R R Patil.
He said a meeting of senior NCP leaders will be held in Delhi on Monday where the partys future course of action will be decided and communicated to the Congress. Patel added that the NCP has,however,already conveyed to the Congress leadership that it will remain a part of the UPA.
The NCP wants the UPA government and the coalition government in Maharashtra to do well and complete their full term, he said. Unfortunately,the functioning has been without coordination. The situation is the same in Maharashtra, he added.
We want the mechanism of coordination to be put back in place so that important issues are discussed and decisions taken. With this we can provide a good government. Our leaders here say that due to the lack of coordination,decision-making has been affected, he said.
In Maharashtra,NCP is an equal partner in the government and coordination needs to be strengthened to improve governance, added Patel.
On Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavans statement that he shared an excellent equation with state NCP leaders,Patel retorted: Individuals were not discussed. We want effective coordination.
Rejecting suggestions that Pawar was miffed at not being accorded the No 2 status in the Cabinet,Patel replied: Even though we are a small party,UPA should take benefit of Pawars stature and seniority.