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Pune pattern a ploy to keep Cong away,says Gadkari

From the very beginning,the ‘Pune Pattern’,an alliance of NCP-Shiv Sena and BJP at the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),has always been discussed and debated not just by local leaders,but also by the state as well as national-level politicos.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
April 22, 2009 1:17:19 am

From the very beginning,the ‘Pune Pattern’,an alliance of NCP-Shiv Sena and BJP at the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),has always been discussed and debated not just by local leaders,but also by the state as well as national-level politicos.

BJP state president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said the Pune Pattern had come into existence as a ‘tactical move to keep the Congress out of power.’ He said the BJP could always pull out of this ruling alliance if the need arise.

Gadkari,who was in the city to campaign for BJP Lok Sabha candidate Anil Shirole,told reporters,“There is nothing such as a Pune Pattern. The BJP is neither involved in power at the PMC in any way,nor is it involved in any decisions taken by the ruling alliance. The Pune Pattern had come into existence more as a political obligation to keep Congress out of power. It was just a strategic move. If the need arises,BJP will pull out of this alliance at PMC.”

In February,the NCP had snatched the budgetary rights of Shiv Sena,which had kicked off the disagreement between the two parties,thereby jeopardising the fate of the Pune Pattern. However,after senior leaders of both parties mediated,the matter was resolved and the powers to prepare the annual budget were handed over to Shyam Deshpande.

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Criticising the UPA government,Gadkari said,“Appeasement of terrorists is a means for the Congress to influence a certain section of the society and win maximum votes.” He said that in Maharashtra,the BJP would win 30 to 35 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. “The major issue before India at present is security concerns,externally and internally. The common man’s life is at risk,” he said.

“Despite the Supreme Court orders,the government has not yet hanged Afzal Guru,the accused in the Parliament attack case. The NCP has also made Majid Memon,lawyer of several bomb blast accused,its party general secretary. They don’t dare to take action against terrorists to gain favours from its votebank,” he said.

About the BSP’s tactics of ‘social engineering’ Gadkari said,“There is nothing like social engineering. They are just trying to divide the society on communal grounds.” Taking a dig at BSP candidate from Pune,D S Kulkarni,Gadkari asked whether he was in anyways related to politics so far.

“BJP has posed a great challenge before the UPA government. We will win all the seats in Vidarbha region and circumstances are in favour of BJP in Marathwada too. Our party will also give a jolt to the NCP in Western Maharashtra. We have posed a challenge before Sharad Pawar in Madha constituency and it would not be surprising to see Pawar lose the seat there.” He said BJP would also win seats in Pune and Nagpur.

What they said

* L K Advani (April 2007): Called the Pune Pattern ‘highly significant’ and also hinted at the possibility of repeating such alliances at the State and even the national level. “I told the Mayor (Rajlaxmi Bhosale) that your election is a significant development,” he said.

* Prakash Javadekar (March 2008): “The Pune pattern does not exist. There is no alliance between the BJP and the NCP,” Javadekar said when asked about the fate of his party’s alliance with NCP and Shiv Sena in the PMC.

* Ashok Chavan (January 2009): Dubbing the Pune Pattern as ‘unholy’,Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan appealed to the NCP leadership to break its alliance with Shiv Sena-BJP in the PMC. Chavan said that the alliance was sending wrong signals at state and national level secular politics represented by Congress-NCP power sharing combine.

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