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Infighting plagues Maharashtra Congress

Two weeks back, the party appointed Balasaheb Thorat as leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) and Vijay Wadettiwar as leader of the Opposition, a move that was seen as more of a compromise formula to placate both of them.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 25, 2019, 08.27 AM IST
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A headless Congress Party, unable to choose between Thorat and Wadettiwar, decided to work out a compromise pact and made Thorat the CLP leader, and gave Wadettiwar the Opposition leaders’ post.
Mumbai: The Congress Party in Maharashtra, which lost all but one of the 26 seats in Maharashtra that it contested in alliance with the NCP in the recent Lok Sabha elections, seems to be drifting further into chaos.

Two weeks back, the party appointed Balasaheb Thorat as leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) and Vijay Wadettiwar as leader of the Opposition, a move that was seen as more of a compromise formula to placate both of them.

Congress officials said that both Thorat, a veteran Congress leader, and Wadettiwar wanted the post of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil who was the CLP leader before he quit to join the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP).

A headless Congress Party, unable to choose between Thorat and Wadettiwar, decided to work out a compromise pact and made Thorat the CLP leader, and gave Wadettiwar the Opposition leaders’ post.

But Congress leaders claimed that both have been bickering and fighting with each other. “One is claiming that since he is the CLP leader, he should be leading the charge against the government, while the other is saying that since he is the Opposition leader, he should be leading the show,” said a Congress leader who had seen many such fights between the two.

Congress leaders said that Vikhe Patil was both the CLP leader and Opposition leader, so there was no such problems in the past. “Ideally, they should have either given Thorat or Wadettiwar the two posts; dividing the posts is not going to help. This is not good for the party,” they said.

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