Sources close to Shinde said he was made aware about the big controversy due to his statement, and he then clarified his comment.
Shinde said that his statement was misunderstood. Shinde’s remarks created such a stir that NCP spokesperson Navab Malik publicly thanked Shinde for his wishes to the Maratha strongman.
Shinde’s remark created a sensation among Congress activists when the party is all set to declare its vice-president Rahul Gandhi as prime ministerial candidate next week. Congress workers pointed out that urban part of Solapur constituency has been tough for the Congress and some parts of rural areas support Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, which has recently joined hands with the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
Under changing circumstances, Shinde’s remark is being seen as an attempt to be in good books of NCP’s ground level workers.