Sena targets Pawar over Cong alliance

Hitting out at Sharad Pawar for forging a pre-poll alliance with the Congress,Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Wednesday said the NCP chief.....

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published:March 26, 2009 1:05 am

Hitting out at Sharad Pawar for forging a pre-poll alliance with the Congress,Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Wednesday said the NCP chief has missed the chance to “bury” the Congress in Maharashtra.

“On one hand,you say that a Maharashtrian should become the Prime Minister and on the other,you hurry to forge alliance with the Congress,” Thackeray said in an editorial comment in Sena mouthpiece Saamna. “Why could not Pawar show the courage that Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad have shown in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,saying Congress should not dabble in their states,” Thackeray asked.

Pawar should explain to the people of Maharashtra as to how the state could have a go at the Prime Minister’s post by aligning with Congress,the Sena chief said. “Like Emperor Aurangzeb was buried in Maharashtra,Pawar had a chance to bury Congress in the state but he missed it,” he said.

“Former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is angry that he had to demit the CM’s post due to Pawar,” he said. Pawar’s strategy was to ensure that a weak leader comes at the helm of affairs in the state and he has succeeded,the Sena chief said,without naming Deshmukh’s successor Ashok Chavan.

Pawar forced his party colleague R R Patil to quit as deputy chief minister on the pretext of mishandling the 26/11 terror attacks,Thackeray said. Deshmukh was not the leader who would keep quiet after losing power,he added.

“When he is not in power,he works with the party’s organisational set-up and makes people aware of his existence,” he said. Deshmukh wanted Congress to contest all 48 LS seats in Maharashtra on its own and was in fact carrying the list of candidates in his pocket,he said.

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