Alliance with Shiv Sena: Senior most leader of Congress party Ashok Chavan, said that the Shiv Sena was not part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the tie-up between the two parties is limited to Maharashtra, a day after Shiv Sena ‘Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Raut called for expansion of the Congress-led bloc.
Speaking to reporters, the state PWD Minister also said that it was not proper on part of the Shiv Sena to comment on the leadership of the UPA.
The Shiv Sena heads the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra, of which the NCP and the Congress are constituents. “Shiv Sena is yet to become a part of the UPA. Our alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra is based on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and limited to Maharashtra,” he said.
A day after Sanjay Raut said that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar also enjoys support across parties like UPA chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Ashok Chavan said it was not proper for the Uddhav Thackeray-led party to comment on the UPA leadership.
Chavan said, “Sharad Pawar himself has denied the speculation that he will be the next chairperson of the UPA. UPA allies trust the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. So there is no need to discuss the issue,”.
Raut told reporters that the UPA needs to expand to take on the “dictatorial” Union government. “All opposition parties should come together against the dictatorial attitude of the Central government. A weak opposition is bad for democracy,” the Rajya Sabha MP had said.
Raut had also appreciated Sonia Gandhi and said that she effectively led the UPA all these years with many allies in the fold. Responding to a query on speculation that NCP chief Sharad Pawar may head the UPA, Raut said there was no dearth of leaders in the country.
He added, “What is important is the support of people. Apart from Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar has support from a cross-section of people,”.