Mumbai : In response to the Jayant Patil’s statement, the former Maharashtra chief minister and senior cabinet minister, Ashok Chavan said he is in no hurry to become the chief minister and is in complete support of Uddhav Thackeray, who is the head of the state.
The senior Congress leader’s comment comes in the wake of state Nationalist Congress Party chief Jayant Patil’s statement that anyone who has spent a long time in politics must be wanting to become chief minister.
The Maharashtra minister for PWD, Chavan said that Uddhav Thackeray is the head of the state today. “We are with him wholeheartedly. I am in no hurry to become the chief minister,” he said while addressing a rally at Bhokar town in Nanded district, Leaders of three parties Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress – have come together to form Maha-Vikas- Aghadi. “With this, we succeeded in ousting the BJP in the state. While some people are trying cause trouble, their plans will not succeed. The MVA government will complete its tenure,” Chavan asserted.
Earlier, state NCP chief and Maharashtra minister for water resources minister Jayant Patil said that he has the aspiration to become the chief minister of Maharashtra. He said anyone who has been in politics for a long period would desire to become the CM but his party does not have numbers. He also said that party supremo Sharad Pawar’s word would be the final one on the issue.
Patil’s statement assumes significance as deputy CM and Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar is believed to be holding the second position in NCP after party chief. The rise of Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule in the party in the past few years is also being seen as an indication that Pawar senior has been grooming his daughter for bigger responsibilities. Sule is also part of the top brass and has a say in major decisions. Both Ajit Pawar and Sule are considered top CM candidates in NCP.
Reacting to the statement, the NCP chief Sharad Pawar downplayed the statement of Jayant Patil and jokingly said, “What should I do if I, too, feel so tomorrow? Nobody is going to appoint me as chief minister, so I don’t think about it. “