cong---ncp--1The state Congress and the NCP are at it again, and the casus belli this time is the state government’s botched best-five policy. Both the parties are trying to blame each other over the failure of the education departments over the best five education policy. The top brass of both NCP and Congress are now trying to run each other down over the poor performance of the departments of education, law and judiciary, and home. The theme in the two headquarters is, “If the Congress messed up education, then NCP-run home has messed law and order.” Extending their differences to other departments, the parties have now started closely monitoring the shortcomings in the ministry of finance, headed by Sunil Tatkare. The setback in the Bombay high court over the best-five education policy provided ammunition to the NCP to attack Congress chief minister Ashok Chavan and education minister Balasaheb Thorat for ignoring their administrative duties. In retaliation, the Congress has sharpened its knives to expose the failures of home minister RR Patil. The showdown, which was till now confined to closed-door cabinet meetings, has gone public. The Congress, which has decided to rally around the CM, has started short-listing instances when the home ministry failed. All senior cabinet ministers belonging to the NCP admit that the timing of the best-five policy was wrong. The government should have settled the policy ahead of the examinations to ensure a smooth admission procedure. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.

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