Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was a trending topic after nearly 62 MLAs wrote to the state party chief complaining about his style of functioning. Faking News tweeted: ‘Chavan could be removed as he is not helping leaders accused of scams.’ Actor Kabir Bedi added: ‘Chavan is an honest man. That’s why “allies” and many Congress MLAs are determined to oust him.’ In the words of Vidyut: ‘He is going to be axed for being “too restrictive’. Time to take a good hard look at who wants him gone.’ Ashoke Pandit tweeted: ‘Chavan has stopped the loot which was going on in Maharashtra, hence the NCP is angry.’ And from someone using the handle KangressPR: ‘Congress issues Prithviraj Chavan a show cause notice after widespread allegations of honesty against him by party members.’
The other party
Also clogging timelines was the BJP, for a variety of reasons including the party’s stand on Foreign Direct Investment. Suryanarayan Ganesh tweeted: ‘How ironic that BJP opposes FDI in multi-brand retail, but Narendra Modi is out in Japan grovelling for FDI in almost anything.’ Vineeth Jose echoed that thought: ‘Modi on foreign tour for FDI, while BJP opposes it in parliament. Yes, they will win 2014 elections for sure.’ Jiten Gajaria jumped in with this comment: ‘On the one hand, Congress gives us a foreign minister who can’t remember his speech. On the other, BJP gives a CM who charms Japan with his vision.’
Thousands of people fled their homes in Kokrajhar, Assam, after fighting that killed at least 19, wounded many more and left villages in flames. A certain Nitin Gokhale tweeted: ‘For those outraging over lack of adequate coverage of Kokrajhar incidents, media teams have been attacked, threatened and told to keep away!’
The last word
From journalist Barkha Dutt: ‘The MLAs ranting against Prithviraj Chavan are mostly supporters of Ashok Chavan and Vilasrao Deshmukh. Go figure.
— Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online