Maharashtra govt is stable, Pawar assures

Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today said that current row between Congress and NCP after the Zilla Parishad and municipal corporation elections in Maharashtra would not affect the stability of the ruling coalition government in the state.

"There is no need to worry. There is no threat to the state government," Pawar said, when asked whether the latest round of bickering between the allies would threaten stability of the state government. He was talking to reporters at Navi Mumbai near here after a function.

State NCP president Madhukar Pichad had earlier lashed out at the Congress for getting its candidate elected as the leader of opposition in the Thane civic body with Shiv Sena`s support.

NCP has more corporators in the house than Congress, and both had contested the Thane civic polls together. Pichad had also demanded to know from the Congress whether it was interested in continuing the alliance with his party. Whereas state Congress president Manikrao Thakre had said that the decision had been taken at the local level in Thane.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had said on Friday that friction between the two partners would be discussed in the meeting of co-ordination committee. Earlier, NCP had joined hands with Shiv Sena and BJP to defeat the Congress candidates in the election of presidents and vice presidents of zilla parishads.