Mumbai: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar fired shots at his alliance Congress, he said that the party no longer enjoys the control and power it once did across the country, from “Kashmir to Kanyakumari”. He added that it was time for his partner in Maharashtra’s ruling alliance (Shiv Sena) to undertake a reality check.
In an interview given to India Today’s Mumbai Tak, Sharad Pawar said “There was a time when there was Congress from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. But not anymore,” later he added that “Reality should be accepted. The closeness (with other opposition parties) will increase once there is a mentality (within Congress) to accept this fact.”
“Zamindars who can’t control their Havelli” Sharad Pawar
When asked if Congress is being arrogant by insisting Rahul Gandhi leads the opposition, he then cited an anecdote about “Zamindars,” I had told a story about Uttar Pradesh zamindars who used to have huge land parcels and big havelis. Due to land ceiling legislation, their lands shrunk. Though the Havelli remains but there is no capability to maintain, repair or take care of it.
“Their agricultural income is also not as much as earlier. From a few thousand acres, their land has shrunk down to 15 or 20 acres. When the zamindar wakes up in the morning, he looks at the surrounding green fields and says all that land belongs to him. It was his once but doesn’t belong to him now.”
According to NCP Chief, the congress is still not prepared to address the issue of leadership.