Give Him His Due
Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party might have only a few MPs in Parliament, but he has a far bigger clout (“The New Opposition”, August 6). Congress would do well not to underestimate him. Also, because of his sheer proximity to the Thackerays, he holds more cards in Maharashtra politics than Prithviraj Chavan, at present. He has also been the most consistent ally of Congress. If the Government wants to have a smooth run, without ruffling too many feathers, it would be better to keep Pawar in good humour.
BAL GOVIND, Noida Sharad Pawar is demanding his pound of flesh from UPA 2. The allies are unhappy with Congress for sidelining them. The Maratha strongman is smart enough to change the political currents in Maharashtra, given his excellent rapport across party lines. He is a powerful force for the Congress, but its electoral compass in the state does not show a clear direction. Congress needs to handle Maharashtra politics with greater political finesse and understanding.
GAYATRI TANDON, Bangalore Ever since UPA 2 came to power, it has been observed that Congress has not taken its allies into confidence on major policy-related matters. Sharad Pawar’s claim to seniority in the Government cannot be ignored. Congress must realise that in a coalition, every partner is important. Lack of coordination can lead to misgovernance and non- implementation of various welfare schemes.
P. K. SRIVASTAVA, Delhi