Cong­men Want Pawar Back with Full Power

The Shiv Sena-BJP took lead in more than 230 as­sem­bly seg­ments of the to­tal 288 in the just­con­cluded LS polls

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - KR­ISHNA KU­MAR

Congress Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Digvi­jaya Singh’s state­ment to ET invit­ing for­mer Congress lead­ers like Sharad Pawar and Ma­mata Ban­er­jee to re­join the Congress, has found trac­tion among some Congress lead­ers who have been smart­ing from the set­back in the Lok Sabha elec­tions. Congress lead­ers in Ma­ha­rash­tra­saidthep­artylead­er­ship should im­me­di­ately in­vite Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party Pawar back to the Congress. The clam­our to get Pawar comes as the Congress and the NCP has been nearly wiped out from the Ma­ha­rash­tra po­lit­i­cal map in the Lok Sabha polls. While the Congress got 2 seats, down from its tally of 17, the NCP got four seats, down from 8 seats. A Congress leader said that if the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion pre­vails then both the NCP and the Congress would find it hard to come back to power in the as­sem­bly polls that are to be held in Oc­to­ber this year. “We should get Sharad Pawar into the party and give him a free hand, let him de­cide who the CM should be, Ajit Pawar or any­one else, only then we would be able to come to power,” said a Congress leader. The re­cent polls show that the Shiv Sena-BJP has taken lead in more than 230 as­sem­bly seg­ments out of the to­tal 288.

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