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‘Ajit Pawar failed to take NCP to the top’

mumbai Updated: Feb 18, 2012 01:56 IST
Ketaki Ghoge
Ketaki Ghoge
Hindustan Times
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It seems deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar should listen to his uncle and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar about his future plans and ambitions.

Recently, in his interview with HT, senior Pawar had dismissed his nephew’s chief ministerial ambitions as ‘premature’.

The poll verdict for 10 cities and 27 zilla parishads, touted as mini-assembly polls, on Friday indicated that the deputy chief minister had been unable to lead his party to the top.

According to critics, the result called for introspection in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) senior brass and a reality check for Ajit Pawar.

While the NCP did not perform poorly, it lagged behind its own expectations. “These polls were being looked upon as a base on which NCP could have built further. Pawar was in an aggressive expansion stage and thinking of going solo in 2014. But as the Shiv Sena’s power has not declined, the ally partners will have to stay together,” said Prakash Bal, political analyst.

Bal said, “Despite putting in efforts and displaying clout, Pawar has not been successful in leading his party to the top.”

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinod Tawde said Friday’s results showed that “people had rejected strong-arm tactics and Pawar’s money power.”

Although the NCP romped home victorious in Pimpri-Chinchwad, it couldn’t bring in a decisive victory in Pune. Pawar had insisted on going solo in Pune Municipal Corporation irking its ally the Congress.

In Nashik and Thane, the other two cities where the party had a strong presence, the NCP again failed to bring in a decisive victory. In Mumbai too, they failed to increase their numbers.

Even in zilla parishad, where Pawar had focused his attention as the party has a strong rural base, the NCP had a decisive majority in only four districts. In another four it is the single largest party and in a position to rule the local body only with the help of Congress or rebels.

Meanwhile, Congress has bagged 12 zilla parishads on its own. “We have done well in zilla parishads. We have absolute powers in 8 districts including Beed, BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s hometown,” said Prakash Binsale, NCP legislator, spokesperson.