Congress high command is upset the seven party legislators who indulged in cross-voting in the state council election and the absence of 11 legislators including former chief minister Ashok Chavan during trust vote moved by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and also the decision taken by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government at its last cabinet meeting to rename Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv.
The high command would soon serve notices to 11 legislators seeking explanation for the absence and it will also issue separate notices to 7 legislators who cross-voted which led to the defeat of the party’s first candidate Chandrakant Handore in the state council election held on June 20.
Former minister Naseem Khan, who was accompanied by Handore, met former party president Rahul Gandhi and discussed various issues including Handore’s defeat. He told the Free Press Journal, ‘’A senior Congress leader Chandrakant Handore was the party's first candidate who was allocated 29 votes against the quota of 26 votes. However, he got 22 votes which means seven legislators indulged in cross-voting. So we demanded probe and action against the concerned legislators.’’
Khan’s demand came after former chief minister and member of G-23 Prithviraj Chavan claimed that seven party legislators indulged in cross-voting and the party should take action against them.
Further, the party high command was not happy with the manner in which the senior ministers in the MVA government supported the renaming of Aurangabad as Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv. A senior party leader said that the Congress ministers should have briefed the high command and sought its formal approval before supporting the renaming cleared in the last cabinet meeting.
Meanwhile, state party chief Nana Patole met the party high command on Thursday and discussed the present status after the fall of the MVA government.
Khan said they also discussed the Handore’s defeat due to cross-voting by party legislators adding that they have demanded action against them.