26 Mar 2010
MUMBAI: After coming under fire for the Pune blasts, waiving off tax for the IPL matches in Maharashtra, and defending a junior Minister Abdul Sattar who was involved in a brawl, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is now facing severe criticism from within the party for the presence of Amitabh Bachchan at the inauguration of second carriageway of Bandra-Worli sea-link on Wednesday.
A section of the state Congress leaders has decided to write a strong letter of protest to party supremo Sonia Gandhi, urging her to sack Chavan for sharing dais with Bachchan who is considered close to Samajwadi Party and is the brand ambassador of BJP-ruled Gujarat.
Though Chavan clarified on Thursday that he was unaware of Big B’s presence at the function, state Congress leaders said that the CM was being naive since Bachchan’s name figured in all invitation and hoardings put up in the city.
MPCC chief Kripa Shankar Singh said that Bachchan’s presence at the function which was graced by Sonia Gandhi on the completion of first phase was improper, but refused to comment on Chavan.
Chavan has come under constant criticism from his detractors for his amateurish handling of sensitive issues often without consulting senior party members.
Some of them accused him of not dealing with important issues very seriously and said that he often got mired in trivial things.
On Monday, Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Abdul Sattar assaulted a party activist Mohammed Mushtaq in Aurangabad and was criticised by everybody.
However, Chavan defended Sattar terming the brawl as ‘a matter of no national importance’.