Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan speaks about the problems ailing the Maharashtra State Congress, reasons why he feels Eknath Shinde is a “lame-duck CM” and why he believes only the Congress can bind an all-party anti-BJP front in the country:
Maharashtra Congress seems to be adrift in the present political situation in the state. What are the reasons behind the party’s present predicament?
It is a fact that the state Congress is not a cohesive unit. In the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance, we were treated as a junior partner. Congress Legislature Party Leader Balasaheb Thorat is not the kind to throw his weight around. Moreover, I believe that had Nana Patole continued to remain the Speaker in the state Assembly, a curriculum position would have been with us and we would have been in a place to show our heft. Patole took the decision to quit as the Speaker without consultation from the state leaders. All of us were upset. I still feel that had he not resigned, this whole drama (of the government falling) would not have happened.