‘Awaiting response from Ambedkar on grand alliance’
Prithviraj Chavan said, “We are ready to join hands with Prakash Ambedkar. However, he is not responding to our proposal.”
PUNE: The suspense over the Congress and the Bahujan Vanchit Aghadi pre-poll alliance continued ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said, “We are ready to join hands with Prakash Ambedkar. However, he is not responding to our proposal.”
Chavan was in the city to meet city Congress leaders following senior Congress leader Ulhas Pawar’s letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi and criticising party city unit’s working. Pawar demanded the party candidature for the Pune Lok Sabha seat.
Chavan had a one-to-one meeting with the city leaders at senior Congress leader Harshvardhan Patil’s residence in the city. The local party leaders insisted that they don’t want a face from outside the Congress for the Pune Lok Sabha seat. Chavan assured to them that he would convey their views to the party high command.
“Snapping trade and business with Pakistan and stopping river water to that country will not serve any purpose. The announcement made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to stop water to Pakistan is ridiculous. You cannot stop river water from flowing all of a sudden,” said Chavan.