Stung by the dig at his style of functioning by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said he would respond at "an appropriate time and place".
"I won't advise him (Pawar) on what words to use," Chavan said while speaking to reporters after a meeting of the state cabinet here.
Pawar had on Tuesday alleged that important administrative business in the state was moving at a slow pace. Without naming Chavan, Pawar had said, "It seems that of late, the hands of those in the administration are suffering from tremors resulting in delayed clearance of files in the absence of signatures of approval."
Chavan, who is heading the Congress-NCP coalition, said, "The works which are within norms are completed immediately. The priority is for work concerning common people."
"Extra caution has to be taken for works which are outside the norms," he added.
"There has to be a distinction in works which are in the larger public interest, like infrastructure projects pending for a long time," Chavan said.
"The delay is in cases where the work (sought to be approved) is niyambahya (Marathi for something that is outside the legal frame) or decision where special concessions are sought," the chief minister said.
"No point discussing this further. Will give a reply at an appropriate time and appropriate place," Chavan said.