Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, in a four-hour meeting on Friday, asked his party’s senior leaders to pull up their socks and prepare for early Lok Sabha polls.
Pawar held a review meeting at his nephew and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s official residence Devgiri at Malbar Hill to discuss the party’s prospects in the 22 Lok Sabha seats it had contested in 2009 polls.
It is learnt that Pawar told his partymen that election scenario will be clear by May 10.
Sources also claimed that he told leaders to be careful while speaking in public and avoid controversial statements. The meeting included all party ministers, MPs and chiefs of minority cell, women’s wing, OBC cell and other senior state functionaries.
In the last two general elections, NCP has been unable to push its tally of MPs higher than 9.
This general election, Pawar’s strategy is to ask his senior ministers to contest Lok Sabha seats and relinquish state constituent assemblies for youth.
Pawar’s second rung leadership in the state consisting of PWD Chhagan Bhujbal, rural development minister Jayant Patil and tribal development minister Baban Rao Pachpute among others is being considered for this.
‘Act against illegal structures in Thane’
Mumbai: NCP chief and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has urged Prithviraj Chavan to take stern action against those responsible for illegal constructions in Thane. In a letter written to the CM, he said, “There will be no need for action if the nexus [between builders, corporators and politicians] is eradicated. But the government should be sensitive the needs of the people living there, he added.