Infighting plagues Maharashtra Congress
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.