The Congress and its partner in the Maharashtra government, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), are engaged in a verbal duel. The Congress called the NCP a party of goons. The NCP retaliated by asking why it took the Congress 13 years to realise the NCP was a party of goons.
The NCP, which outsmarted the Congress in the civic and local polls this year, also reminded the Congress that the Maharashtra government was continuing due to its support.
State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, who is engaged in assessing the mood of party leaders and members on going solo during the 2014 Assembly polls, last week led the scathing attack against the NCP. Addressing a rally in Thane, he said the NCP had the notorious distinction of having a large number of persons with a criminal background.