Ajit Pawar dares Cong to fight LS polls on its own

Says NCP too is ready to go it alone,but adds high command rider.

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Published: December 14, 2013 5:24:14 am

Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar Friday challenged the Congress to contest 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra on its own,saying that his party,which is a Congress ally both in the state and at the Centre,was ready to contest all these seats independently in such an eventuality.

The deputy CM,who is also the nephew of NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar,was reacting to Maharashtra Congress president Manikrao Thakre’s reported claim last month that the Congress could fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on its own in the state. Thakre’s comments were in the wake of his party’s good performance in Dhule and Nandurbar Zila Parishad elections.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the legislative session in Nagpur,Pawar,however,said the final decision would be taken by the top leadership of both the parties.

Taking a dig at Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for apparently delaying the appointment of the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission chairperson and appointments within the newly set up state cooperative election commission,the deputy CM said,“We have no differences in this regard. I have told him to go ahead and make appointments of his choice.”

Pawar also said the government did not intend to table the Adarsh probe report during the ongoing winter session.

Calling for more FSI (floor space index) in urban areas,Pawar said some of the illegal structures could be regularised and an FSI of 2 could be considered for them. He said the issue would be discussed in the Cabinet meeting on Monday.

“Global FSI norm of up to 15 may be considered for certain urban pockets such as those near stations,” he said.

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