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Cong,NCP bury differences,say curtains on controversy

A day after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan invited the wrath of NCP leaders for saying that allotting the Home department to the NCP was a mistake

A day after Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan invited the wrath of NCP leaders for saying that allotting the Home department to the NCP was a mistake,there are clear indications that the fact that the two parties have no other political option will prevent their latest rift from worsening.

“The chief minister’s statement came against the backdrop of the bomb blasts and had created a flutter. It was being interpreted as if the CM was trying to point a finger at the Home department held by the NCP and thereby trying to shirk his responsibility as the head of the government,” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Manikrao Thakre said on Saturday. “But after the CM clarified,doubts have been cleared and the curtain has been drawn on the issue.”

State Congress spokesperson Sanjay Dutt said Chavan’s statement was blown out of proportion and context,when the latter had merely pointed out at a historical fact that in any state with a coalition government,the party to which the chief minister belonged,kept the home and finance portfolios with it. On the other hand,NCP leaders,who were fuming on Friday,chose to treat the whole issue as a storm in the

tea cup.

“The matter is closed after the CM clarified his stance and praised the work done by R R Patil,” State NCP spokesperson Madan Bafna said. “We have been allies for the past 12 years and the CM’s statement had created an atmosphere of bewilderment.but after the CM’s clarification,the issue has been closed.”

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He further said that the Congress-NCP alliance had gone through many such hurdles and survived. “Such things happen. but the government continues.”

Meanwhile,sources said the compulsion of staying in power had made both allies to forgive and forget the posturing against each other.