Queried on whether he had any favourite minister in the Modi dispensation, Chavan said “good words” could be spoken about Union Minister and Nagpur MP Nitin Gadkari who despite ideological differences, maintains “dialogue with other parties”.
“He is the right man in the wrong party. He has a positive approach towards Maharashtra but his powers are being continuously curtailed,” Chavan said, though he did not elaborate on his assertion.
“The price of petrol had reached Rs 100 per lite. Some 12.21 core people have lost their jobs. The per capita income of Bangladesh is now higher than that of India. The policies of the Centre have devastated the country,” the former Maharashtra chief minister claimed.
Chavan alleged the Centre had a discriminatory attitude towards Maharashtra on all fronts, including aid and GST compensation.
He also attacked the BJP over the Maratha quota issue, and asked the ruling party at the Centre to come up with a solution after the Supreme Court, on May 5, struck down a state law granting reservations in jobs and education to the community.
He congratulated BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sambhaji Chhatrapati for trying to meet leaders of all parties to evolve a consensus on the Maratha quota issue.