After Maya, Pawar Blames Cong for NCP’s Dismal Performance
There was anti-Congress mood throughout the country and that even hurt its allies: NCP chief was defeated everyone told her that the party would never be able to come back to power for the next 20 years, but she said that we should go among the people and she came back to power in two years,” he said. Continuing his attack on the Congress but without naming it, Pawar said, “Talks on seat adjustment and seat distribution got prolonged between us and our ally. They insisted that we contest fewer seats as we had won fewer seats. In assembly elections, we should also insist on the same logic.” However, the NCP chief also took on his party members, notably his nephew and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, saying without naming him that both the leaders and the cadres should be careful about how they behave and talk with people, and that there should be no vulgar display of wealth. Sharad Pawar has blamed his Nationalist Congress Party’s disappointing performance in the Lok Sabha polls on the anger of the people against the Congress and promised large-scale correctives while taking potshots at his alliance leader for its seeming inability for change. “There was an anti-Congress mood throughout the country and that even hurt its allies,” the NCP chief told his party members at the end of a twoday meet in Mumbai. BSP chief Mayawati, whose party lent outside support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, had earlier similarly blamed the Congress for her party’s rout. Without naming the Congress, where hushed questions on Nehru-Gandhi scion
Rahul Gandhi’s leadership are being brushed aside, Pawar said, “I don’t want to talk about other parties where nothing happens.”
Pawar also vowed to respond to the results of the elections. “We will do large-scale changes. There will be change in the leadership in different levels in the party. We will induct new faces and give youngsters, women and minorities opportunities to contest these elections,” Pawar said.
Senior NCP leaders Praful Patel, Chaggan Bhujbal and Sunil Tatkare lost the polls and the party’s tally came down to six from eight the last time round. Pawar appeared to be reassuring his colleagues that the party could still bounce back in the assembly polls due in October.
“In 1977, when Indira Gandhi