There might be more trouble in store for Maharashtra. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who is being hailed as modern Chanakaya after allegedly orchestrating the unlikely union of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress to make government in the state, has hinted that Congress has not been the easiest ally.
In an exclusive interview to India Today TV, Sharad Pawar also expressed dissatisfaction with the power-sharing deal, which was struck after weeks of meetings and negotiations before the Uddhav Thackeray government took the oath.
“NCP has two seats less than Shiv Sena and 10 seats more than Congress. Sena got the CM post and Congress got Speaker, what has my party got? Deputy CM has no authority,” Sharad Pawar said.
Expressing solidarity with his nephew Ajit Pawar, who recently staged a short-lived rebellion against his uncle and joined hands with BJP before coming back into the fold, Sharad Pawar said Congress leaders’ bad behaviour in an NCP-Congress meeting drove Ajit to the BJP camp.
“Ajit Pawar it seems decided to go with the BJP due to his assessment that alliance [Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress] will not work. At one NCP-Congress meeting, there were sharp exchanges between leaders. NCP leaders had to ask me to leave. Ajit Pawar decided to go with the BJP as he thought the alliance will Congress may not work,” Pawar told India Today TV.
Sharad Pawar, however, maintained that he knew nothing of Ajit Pawar’s intentions to with the BJP and it had come as a shock and surprise to him as well.
“I got up in the morning and I was in shock. I decided to gain control of the party. I instantly moved to marshall all my resources and get all my MLAs back. MLAs were given the impression that the move had my blessing. I had no hand in the move,” Shard Pawar said.
On Ajit Pawar’s future in the NCP, Sharad Pawar that he is a strong leader who has stood by party workers, thus, he will get an important post.
Despite being a traditional ally of the Congress, NCP chief said that his party had no trouble with Sena. “We have no tussle with Sena. It’s there with Congress,” he said.