Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Monday accused Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his Deputy Ajit Pawar of "keeping a watch" on him. Patole's allegation comes amid rumours of rift between the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA)--a tripartite government of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress.
"They receive reports about everything. Who is protesting where, everything needs to be updated. They even know what I am doing. The CM and Deputy CM are keeping a watch on me," NDTV quoted Patole as saying. He alleged that this was because the grand old party "is gaining strength the on ground and hence the NCP and Shiv Sena are scared".
Recently, Patole took potshots at MVA partners, saying the Congress workers should not react if anybody were to "backstab" them despite "being together", but turn the anger into strength.
Patole, who created a flutter in the ruling alliance in the state by stating that his party will contest elections on its own in future, reiterated the same and said he would not change his stand.
"I will not backtrack on my statement about contesting upcoming elections on our own, so get back to work. I told the press that even the Chief Ministerhas directed the Shiv Sena workers to get going. When I said (about going alone), it was not liked, but when he said, it was all right," said Patole.
The Maharashtra Congress president also drew the ire of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar after he reportedly asked the party workers to install "our person" as guardian minister of Pune in place of Ajit Pawar.
Reacting to Patole's comment, Sharad Pawar said he will not react to what "small people" say but will speak if Sonia Gandhi says something.