Amid reports of strained relations between SenaNCP-Cong, Rahul distances his party from it
New Delhi: Amid allegations of mishandling the covid crisis in Maharashtra by Opposition leaders, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that his party is not a key player in running Maharashtra government.
Rahul on Tuesday distanced his party from Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, saying in a video press conference, “I would like to make a differentiation here, we are supporting the government in Maharashtra but we are not the key decision-makers in Maharashtra.
We are the key decision-maker in Punjab, in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Pondicherry.
So there is a difference between running a government and supporting a government.” Rahul’s remarks came a day after Maharashtra’s former chief minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane met state overnor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, demanding president’s rule in the state, saying Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has failed to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
The MVA consists of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country with 52,667 reported cases and 1,695 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.