Today, Sharad Pawar made it very clear in Mumbai that he will not align with any party in Maharashtra but can render support from outside. Election results are soft power in the hands of the winning party. The previous government held the soft power in its hands like water and let it flow between loose fingers, the one reason for the state’s present condition. With BJP emerging the single largest party in Maharashtra Assembly polls, key political parties were in a huddle to discuss options for alliance and government formation. BJP has to look for an alliance partner in Maharashtra as it has fallen short of the majority in the 288-seat state Assembly. However, one thing is very clear that results has distracted the ruling Congress in both the states.
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray held a crucial meet in the party headquarters to decide on options post poll results. Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah also met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in the capital to discuss future strategy for Maharashtra. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) offered an unconditional outside support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for government formation in Maharashtra has prompted allegations that it is dictated by the party’s desire to keep the corruption cases against it at bay. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had recently asked for permission for an open inquiry against former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and senior leader Sunil Tatkare in connection with the irrigation scam. NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal also faces charge of irregularities in connection with the construction of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi during his tenure as Public Works Minister. Some say that there was a deal between the BJP and NCP in the run-up to the polls. The NCP will also have to explain its support to the BJP after having claimed it will not support a non-secular formation. And how it has reconciled to coming under severe attack by the BJP during the campaign as a “Naturally Corrupt Party.” Then Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare, his tenure has been marred with controversies. He has been accused of allowing massive cost escalation in projects, spending crores and ending up with hardly any additional irrigated land in Maharashtra. A PIL filed in the Bombay High Court accuses Tatkare of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. It claims Tatkare’s family members have stakes in 36 companies floated to procure unsecure loans. One such company is Vinamra Universal Pvt Ltd where his children were directors who got a loan of Rs. 3,600 crore for an agriculture project. After his children resigned, their Chartered Accountant and a close employee were made directors. This loan was laundered and then used to purchase 1400 acres of land by floating nearly 200 companies and additionally 700 acres of land was bought in Dapoli in Ratnagiri district.
As irrigation minister, Tatkare has misused his position and got plots in MIDC area or areas close to agriculture land because of information which only he had access to. He also made his employees and chartered accountant directors in many companies. BJP leader Kirit Somaiya was the one who took press conferences against Tatkare and Pawar. Tatkare is also under the scanner in the Adarsh Society scam. CBI sources claim that as a Minister of State for Revenue, he helped the society to avail extra FSI that belonged to the city’s bus service helping the building add additional floors. With a spate of allegations against him, Tatkare will require more than the deputy chief minister to defend himself especially as CBI sources say they are closely monitoring these alleged scams – something that will worry Tatkare. Meanwhile, in June this year, the Maharashtra government had given a clean chit to Pawar and Tatkare in the irrigation scam after tabling the report of Madhav Chitale committee on the issue. The committee was appointed following the allegations that despite spending Rs. 70,000 crore, nothing much showed on the ground, while cost of irrigation projects escalated dramatically. NCP has done lots of corruption in Maharashtra and they are known for it. Apart from corruption, Sharad Pawar was always against Hindu organisations and more towards appeasing Muslims in the state. He is the one who coined the term Saffron terror by asking to ban Sanathan Sanstha in Maharashtra. NCP leader was in Home ministry of Maharashtra, and many police officers were pressurised and forced to find some reasons to ban Sanathan or Abhinav Bharat kind of organisations. Now, with all his corruptions and injustice if BJP seeks direct or indirect support from them, it would be death for Brand Modi in Maharashtra.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena has humiliated Modi and BJP from the day they parted ways. Now Uddhav should stop taking swipe at Modi and look inward. Why Shiv Sena did not get benefit from multi cornered contest. This proves that their decision to go alone was wrong in the first place.
Conclusion: The BJP has proved its point; it should align with the Shiv Sena and reject the offer of outside support by the NCP. Both the BJP and SS have been allies for decades and fought the LS elections together but inspite of fighting the State elections alone, should come together in the best interest of Maharashtra and forget their egos. The NCP offer should not be even considered by the BJP as they are under a cloud over various huge scams. If BJP accept NCP’s offer then wrong message will go to voters. Pawar and Patel have come out with this offer for their own benefit and not for the welfare of the State.