Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s contention that there is no Modi wave in the country has been contradicted by sacked NCP minister Vijaykumar Gavit.
“There is a definite Modi wave,” Gavit said, referring to the election atmosphere in his native Nandurbar constituency, from where his daughter Heena will be contesting as the official candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), taking on nine-time Congress MP Manikrao Gavit.
Gavit was sacked from the state government Wednesday after the BJP declared Heena’s candidature.
Not keen to be seen as working against the official candidate of the Congress-NCP alliance, the NCP itself initiated proceedings for his removal from the cabinet. Undeterred, Gavit said the Modi wave in Nandurbar would ensure his daughter’s victory. Nandurbar is situated on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border.
Gavit, however, ruled out his joining the BJP. “There is no question of joining any party. I will work as an Independent and also contest the Vidhan Sabha polls if I am expelled from the party,” he said.
The NCP is expected to announce Gavit’s expulsion in a day’s time. Ironically, the move would pave way for Gavit to officially campaign for his daughter. “I won’t campaign for her till I am part of the NCP,” he said.
Stating that he had no complaints with the NCP leadership, Gavit launched an all-out offensive against Congress candidate Manikrao Gavit. “He has been elected nine times, but has done nothing for the area’s development. It is the people and supporters who egged Heena on to contest, and it is them who will ensure her victory,” he said.
Gavit conceded that a lot was at stake for him and his family. In the 2009 polls, Vijaykumar’s brother Sharad had contested against Manikrao on a Samajwadi Party ticket, but lost by 40,000 votes. Heena, a post-graduate in medicine, is also preparing for her final year exams beginning May 15.