Rahul Gandhi, while responding to a question in his press conference said that his party wasn’t a key decision-maker in the government and is only supporting the current government.
Mumbai| Amid the rising concerns about the stability of Maha-Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, comprising of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, Rahul Gandhi’s recent comments in the virtual press conference has caused more speculation around whether all is well within the alliance. There was unverified information about Congress party leaders being unhappy with the performance of the Maharashtra government, though the NCP leader Sharad Pawar had dismissed it as “rumours”. The Rajya Sabha MP from Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut, had also said that the Maharashtra government was stable and stronger than before.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while responding to a question in his press conference said that his party wasn’t a key decision-maker in the government and is only supporting the current government.
“I would like to make a differentiation here. We are supporting the government in Maharashtra, but we are not the key decision-maker in Maharashtra. We are decision-makers in Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Puducherry. There is a difference between running the government and supporting it,” Gandhi said responding to a question regarding the prevailing crisis in Maharashtra due to Covid-19.
“I said very categorically that Maharashtra is an important state, Mumbai is the financial capital and there is a lot of attention, they have a difficult situation and lots of attention needs to be given to the state by the centre,” Rahul further added.
Rahul also responded saying that since Maharashtra is well-connected state internationally and Mumbai is significantly populated, the number of cases are higher.
Supriya Sule, an MP from the NCP, while trying to project a united front said, “I’ve heard what Rahul Gandhi said. He’s absolutely right. It’s a coalition. Everyone takes a decision together. Uddhav Thackeray takes everyone into confidence. I’ve seen him first hand, he takes everyone along.”
While Supriya Sule was more subtle in her response, her colleague Majeed Memon said, “It’s not right to say Congress is not part of the decision making process. Congress members are part of the Cabinet. They are not providing support from outside. They are in the cabinet and sign off on decisions made by the Maharashtra Government, which includes the Congress party.”
Shaina NC, the spokesperson of BJP, the opposition party in Maharashtra, said, “The statement of mistrust between two alliance partners by Rahul Gandhi is a bad joke with the people of Maharashtra.”