Give Him His Due

India Today - - MAIL -

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

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