Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar denied reports of rift, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday distanced his party from the alliance, it was only supporting the state government and was not actually the decision-maker.

Rahul’s statements have complicated the matters in Maharashtra as there are reports of rift between the three allies in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

“I would like to make a differentiation here; we are supporting the government in Maharashtra but we are not the key decision-makers in Maharashtra. We are the key decision-maker in Punjab, in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Pondicherry. So there is a difference between running a government and supporting a government,” said Rahul in a video press conference.

The Congress, however, issued a clarification later, saying that Rahul’s words have been twisted out of context and accused the BJP of destabilizing the ruling dispensation for power.

Rahul's remarks came a day after Maharashtra's former chief minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane met state overnor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, demanding the president's rule in the state, saying Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi MVA government has failed to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar have denied reports of rift over the handling of the coronavirus crisis and the lockdown exit strategy in the state worst-hit by the pandemic.

"There is no threat to the Maharashtra government. All MLAs are with us," the NCP chief was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday slammed the opposition and said that the coalition government in Maharashtra is strong and rejected any possibility of the president's rule in the state.

Raut, in a tweet, said that "Corona's vaccine and the dose of toppling the Thackeray government by the Opposition is yet to be found."

"It would be right for the opposition to quarantine immediately," he added.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country with 52,667 reported cases and 1,695 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

(With ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma