India politics has witnessed the ‘Power’ of Sharad Pawar, he can help get one to power and he can also pull you out of power. Maharashtra politics revolves around him and he is definitely the one who makes or breaks it.
For instance, in Maharashtra, he allowed BJP to form government by revoking Presidential rule and within the next 24 hours, got MVA to power. Since then nothing is very smooth in state politics. The opposition has gone aggressive and the ruling party has differences within, Pawar the ringmaster is balancing it all on his terms. NCP’s Pawar is slowly attracting all congress leaders towards his party and on another hand Shiv Sena MP making scratching attacks on Congress leaders.
Amid crisis, Sanjay Raut called Anil Deshmukh an accidental home minister, claiming he got the post after senior NCP leaders like Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patil refused the responsibility. Raut also stated that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra did not have damage control machinery as was seen after former Mumbai police Chief Param Bir Singh claimed that Deshmukh asked cops to collect Rs 100 crore a month.
The war of words between allies — Shiv Sena and Congress — in Maharashtra got somber after state Congress chief Nana Patole condemned Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut over his suggestion to make Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar the chief of United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
Shiv Sena played it well by dividing Congress for NCP by making harsh statements, whereas 18 congress corporators slipped to NCP in the recent past. The current state Congress president Nana Patole said, “Disciplinary action will be taken against 18 corporators of the party for defecting to the NCP. They would be expelled from the party and their corporatorship will be cancelled.”
The Congress shares power in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party.
Despite the Congress being in power in Maharashtra as Maha Vikas Aghadi NCP is grabbing their leaders has not gone well with Congress. On the other hand, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar is in negotiations with BJP. The Congress in Maharashtra is exploring the possibility of contesting the forthcoming elections in the state on its own.
With the BJP questioning Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s “silence” on various issues and asking the state Governor to seek a status report from the government, NCP leader Nawab Malik said the CM will speak at right time and that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has the support of more than 175 MLAs. The state Assembly has 288 MLAs. Malik’s reaction came after a BJP delegation met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and requested him to send a report on the current situation in the state to President Ram Nath Kovind.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s unwanted advice to make Sharad Pawar as UPA chief in place of Sonia Gandhi has not gone down well with his Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance members. He further stated that UPA needed reform and support from all the regional parties to take the BJP head-on.
To this, Congress Spokesperson, Sachin Sawant has commented that Shiv Sena is not a part of UPA, Sanjay Raut has no right to make any suggestions, as per a Lokmat report. He added that Shiv Sena first needs to be a part of UPA and then make demands or suggestions.
Congress leader Nana Patole questioned if Sanjay Raut is NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s spokesperson and suggested he should not comment on things he is not involved in. The Shiv Sena leader was also attacked by NCP’s Nawab Malik who questioned Sanjay Raut’s authority to make such comments.
Shiv Sena leaders making constant attacks on Congress and BJP digging the graves of Shiv Sena leaving NCP aside indicates new political equations.
Soon NCP supremo Sharad Pawar will campaign in West Bengal in support of Mamata Banerjee. He will be on a three-day visit to the state from April 1, to hold various rallies, press conferences and meet Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers at Trinamool Bhavan. West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and BJP in the fray.