Addressing the party cadre on the eve of NCP’s foundation day, Pawar, 80, praised ally Shiv Sena and called it a “party that can be trusted”
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra will complete its full term. He also called hinted that the MVA tripartite comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress will fight the upcoming assembly and general elections together.
Addressing the party cadre on the eve of NCP’s foundation day, Pawar, 80, praised ally Shiv Sena and called it a “party that can be trusted”. This comes after CM Uddhav Thackeray’s one-on-one meeting with PM Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday and Pawar’s meeting with former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“Earlier, no one would have thought that the NCP can work with the Shiv Sena. But, we established a government with a different ideology and fortunately, people have accepted it … history shows that the Shiv Sena can be trusted,” said the Maratha strongman, at a small event in the party’s Mumbai headquarters.
He added: “This government will work for five years, and not just five years, but will work together in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections with more enthusiasm, unitedly representing the common man in the state and the country. I have no doubt about it.”
Pawar recalled how late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray once supported Congress and did not contest a single seat in the state assembly elections. “After Morarji Desai led Janata Party came to power at the Centre, Congress was facing defeat in all the states. At that time, only one party came in support and that was Shiv Sena. Balasaheb Thackeray promised not to field a single candidate in the state assembly elections in Maharashtra then and also fulfilled his promise. He did not even care about the impact of his decision on the organization and kept his word (to Indira Gandhi),” Pawar said.
Also addressing the sensitive issue of Maratha reservation in the state of Maharashtra and reiterated that the issue has to be sorted out.
“Power gets corrupted if it is concentrated and thus should be shared with more people. We will have to ensure that Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, and all the other communities are getting their share of power,” he said.