Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's criticism of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has not gone down well with the saffron party which today blasted the Congress leader.
The Shiv Sena retaliated by criticising Chavan by saying that a clerk in the secretariat has more experience than him regarding governance.
After the two leaders participated in an event organised by a TV channel here on Saturday, Chavan had said that Uddhav lacked the experience to run government as he wasn't part of the Sena-BJP government which came to power in 1995.
Prithviraj Chavan and Uddhav Thackeray
"Chavan says Uddhav didn't have any experience. What experience did he have when he became chief minister ? Because he is finding it tough to get a safe constituency to contest the poll, his mental condition has become unstable like that of a patient in ICU," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said here.
Also, did Chavan have the guts to ask a 'loser' like Rahul Gandhi what experience did he have to aspire for PM's
post, the edit said. What experience certificate did Rajiv Gandhi have when he landed from the plane cockpit onto the prime ministerial chair, it said. "Chavan warmed the chief ministerial chair and it did not benefit Maharashtra,"
"His posting was only because of Sonia Gandhi, otherwise, all his experience was a clerical stint at a central ministry...In terms of experience, any desk officer in Mantralaya (secretariat) has more experience than Chavan," it said.
"Besides, all these people who boast of 'experience', haven't they pushed the state and country to economic disaster? We wonder why Chavan is making a laughing stock of himself when he is on the verge of demitting the Chief Minister's Office," it said.
The editorial reiterated Thackeray's often repeated stance that he was not eyeing the chief minister post, but would not shy away if the responsibility was thrust on him.
"We shall spray and kill all the bugs of corruption that thrived in Chavan's chief ministerial chair...As for his tenure, he can frame and hang the certificate of experience in his home," it said.