18 June, 2021

Pawar The Second

Chafed at being deputy, Ajit Pawar has struck well, and on time

Fotocorp (From Outlook 08 October 2012)
Pawar The Second

New political equations have begun to emerge in Maharashtra, which will not only shape the election scenario of 2014, but also the post-Sharad Pawar power configuration in the state. Interestingly, the salvo has been fired by Sharad Pawar’s nephew, Ajit Pawar, and though it may not be an all-out rebellion within the Nationalist Congress Party, it has changed the power structure within it, as well as in the Congress-NCP front.

A compromise between the uncle and the nephew is unlikely. Sooner rather than later, Ajit will chart his own course of action, and the NCP rank and file will either have to follow him or get marginalised. It is a struggle of sorts between the old guard and the impatient young turks. It is equivalent, though not directly comparable to the struggle between the “syndicate” and  Indira Gandhi in the Congress in 1969. A majority of NCP MLAs in the state assembly are with Ajit, and not with the Sharad Pawar-led old guard.

The question most asked is why Ajit chose this moment to strike. The reason is rather obvious, though a...

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