Congress not key decision-maker in Maharashtra, says Rahul

However, both Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claimed there was no threat to the government.

Published: 27th May 2020 10:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2020 10:55 AM   |  A+A-

NCP chief Sharad Pawar meets Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari | Raj Bhavan

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: With the rift within the ruling alliance in Maharashtra widening amid the Covid-19 crisis, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday stirred a controversy saying the party is supporting the government in the state but is not a key decision-maker.

“We are supporting the government in Maharashtra, but we are not the key decision-maker...We are the key decision-maker in Punjab; we are the key decision-maker in Chhattisgarh, in Rajasthan, in Puducherry. So, there is a difference between running a government and supporting a Government,” Gandhi said. He was responding to question on the BJP’s demand for President’s Rule in the state in the wake of the MVA government’s alleged failure to contain the pandemic, especially in Mumbai.

Gandhi’s remarks invited criticism from the BJP, which pointed out that the Congress holds 10 portfolios in the coalition and accused the party of having “power without accountability”.

The state unit of Congress went into damage control mode, saying the decisions are taken jointly by all three parties after discussions. However, disgruntled Maharashtra Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam attacked the Uddhav Thackeray-led government for not being able to handle the situation and asked the party to withdraw from the ruling alliance.

Gandhi’s remarks come at a time when speculations are rife about trouble brewing between the Shiv Sena and the NCP. In fact, the rumours gathered steam after NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Governor  after a meeting with Thackeray.

However, both Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut claimed there was no threat to the government. Sources in the NCP said the party was not happy with the way Thackeray was running the government. “There is unrest among the ministers and leaders that they are not the part of decisions making,” said an NCP leader.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp