Asked about Congress’ poor showing in comparison with that of ally NCP, Chavan conceded that there were problems in some areas with candidate selection, but said an exhaustive study of the party’s performance, including lacunae, would follow later.
"How does Article 370 in Kashmir make any difference to the common voters in Nanded or in Maharashtra? The real issues are the agrarian crisis, the debt relief that has not reached a very large percentage farmers, the economic crisis," says Ashok Chavan.
“The CM claimed that maximum investments and job creation have taken place in Maharashtra during his tenure. This is nothing but a big lie... When I seek figures from them, they refuse to place the actual facts... because they don’t have anything to show,” Ashok Chavan said.
Assembly polls are scheduled for October in Maharashtra. After the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls where it managed to win just one seat in the state, the Congress is now looking to revive its political fortunes in the state where it was founded.
In Chandrapur, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir was in a rude shock when he lost to Suresh Dhanorkar of the Congress. The local unit of the BJP had wanted to replace Ahir because of the anti-incumbency against him.