Congressional delegation discusses distribution of funds, pending appointments with CM Uddhav Thackeray | Bombay News

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Mumbai: Rumblings within the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) emerged as a Congress delegation met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday to seek redress on a range of issues, including fair distribution of funds to departments of its ministers and pending appointments to Crown corporations and statutory councils.

The Congress has also called for a time-limited investigation and action into allegations made by Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya and others.

As the smallest constituent of the MVA, Congress, its leaders admit, feels boxed in and cornered by its allies, especially the Nationalist Congress Party, which holds crucial portfolios like finance. Congressional leaders complain that departments held by their ministers often receive less funding.

“We have put forward our position on the shortcomings in the functioning of government,” said Nana Patole, chairman of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congressional Committee. He was part of the team led by Maharashtra Congress official HK Patil with Ministers Ashok Chavan, Nitin Raut, Aslam Shaikh, Yashomati Thakur and Satej (Bunty) Patil as other members.

“The distribution of funds is an important issue. Equitable distribution of funds and equitable development of the state were discussed,” Patole said, adding that Thackeray promised to look into the matter. “The chief minister has said he will take responsibility and get things under control.”

Patil told HT that issues related to the “operation of government”, including the distribution of positions in public companies, were discussed. “There is a need for more understanding between the three parties,” he admitted.

Despite coming to power in November 2019, the MVA has been unable to carve out and distribute positions on state corporations among its constituents. This can be used to accommodate disgruntled lawmakers, who have not been incorporated into the cabinet, and party workers.

The National Energy Department headed by Congress Secretary Nitin Raut is also seeking financial assistance for the electric utility, which is in the red. Patole blamed the previous government led by Devendra Fadnavis for this and said it was necessary to raise capital for the energy department and prevent failing customer connections from being severed.

Patole, however, denied that a possible reshuffle of Congress ministers was also discussed and added that a decision on this would be taken by the party’s high command. “Sanjay Raut’s allegations must be urgently investigated under the supervision of the Home Secretary within a specified time and action must be taken against the culprits,” he demanded.

Asked about the row over school and college students wearing hijab, Patole pointed to skyrocketing inflation, rising unemployment, falling value of the rupee and privatization of public sector units. , and said it was time to seek “hisab” or responsibility. of the Union government led by Narendra Modi.

After his proposal to protest outside Fadnavis’ residence fell through due to BJP opposition and Mumbai police restrictions, Congress will now write to Fadnavis, asking him to bring Prime Minister Modi to his ‘excuse. Letters will be sent on Friday and Saturday (which is Shiv Jayanti). Congress is upset with Modi’s statement that Congress had instigated migrants to leave Mumbai and Maharashtra and spread Covid-19 in their states.

Patole said their protest outside the residences of BJP MPs and Union Ministers was ongoing.

Meanwhile, Congress Leader Sachin Sawant tweeted a video of Opposition Leader Fadnavis shaking hands with the Malegaon blasts, blaming Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, saying “Bahut Yarana Lagta Hai (seems to be a deep friendship). The video was shot during the wedding of the BJP leader and the daughter of Fadnavis confidant Prasad Lad.

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