Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, the only senior Congress leader who has kept the party flag fluttering in western Maharashtra, speaks to The Indian Express about the recent defections in the party and how he plans to retain his Karad South seat.
The party had on Sunday released its first list of 51 candidates, fielding ex-chief minister Ashok Chavan from the Bhokar constituency and state party chief Vijay, alias Balasaheb Thorat, from Sangamner.
Chavan, a former chief minister, said the Union and state government’s flagship schemes, like ‘Make In India’ and ‘Magnetic Maharashtra’, respectively, have failed and the state government has not provided data pertaining to the two schemes.
Chavan also blamed the government of selling the people a 'daydream' of becoming a 5 trillion dollar economy, while saying that in reality, the country's economy was worsening with every passing quarter.
“Nobody’s questioning the patriotism and competence of our armed forces. We complement them. But the question being raised is, what did we achieve through the air strikes. Were we able to destroy the network of terror? I don’t think so. No answer has come,” he said.
“The BJP has been ruling in Maharashtra for the last four and-a-half years. It has also completed five years at the Centre. If they wanted to take action against leaders of the Congress and NCP, then they would have done that," Chavan said.
A day after his party's uncharacteristically peaceful agitation against toll plazas in Maharashtra, MNS chief Raj Thackeray was on Thursday (February 13) back in his element, warning of "wreaking havoc" at houses of toll contractors who use force to collect the levy.