Amid firefighting in the Congress following Rahul Gandhi’s comments about “supporting, not running” the Maharashtra government, senior party leader Sanjay Nirupam went all out against Uddhav Thackeray, deepening the coalition crisis. The Chief Minister should communicate more with his coalition partners than the media, Mr Nirupam remarked.
“The Chief Minister keeps speaking to the public. If he could have similar consultations regularly with his alliance partners then he would not have to do 60 flip-flops in 60 days,” said the former Congress MP.
The six-month-old Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress has been denying reports of trouble in their partnership over the virus crisis and its impact on the state. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s comments intensified speculation.
“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,” Mr Gandhi said in response to media questions.