Amid indications that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party standoff at the Centre may not be resolved for a couple of days,the state Congress unit reached out to its ally in the state government,offering to re-establish coordination mechanisms. The NCP,however,did not appear to be assuaged by the offer,with NCP state president chief Madhukar Pichad stating that he was yet to receive the communication from Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre.
Meanwhile,Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar skipped the official sendoff in the legislature for the 11 retiring members of the Legislative Council. Pawar will also be missing from the formal photograph of the retiring MLCs taken on Monday evening at the entrance of the Vidhan Bhavan,with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at the centre.
We can sit together and resolve things, Thakre told reporters on Monday morning,before the NCP working committees meeting in New Delhi. He said he had written to Pichad offering to discuss the re-establishment of any coordination system the latter would like,including monthly meetings of a coordination committee comprising senior leaders of both parties.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,against whom the NCP ministers raised a series of complaints during Saturdays meeting with NCP president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai,also met Congress ministers in Vidhan Bhavan. We have adopted a wait and watch policy, was all one senior minister would reveal. Chavans cabinet colleagues remained tight-lipped about the meeting,choosing not to speak about the latest round of bickering with their ally until the NCP announces its final decision about their position in the UPA government in New Delhi.
NCP sources said Ajit Pawar was likely to travel to New Delhi for further discussions with the senior Pawar,indicating that some of the bargaining ground included the NCPs prospects in its home state of Maharashtra.