18 January, 2021

Their Pound Of Flesh

RPI The Athavale group is bargaining hard. PWP Pawar's blue-eyed boys. SP NCP's Achilles' heel

Their Pound Of Flesh

Meanwhile, the Janata Dal, in a letter to the NCP president, has stated in no uncertain terms that he is overestimating his strength in Maharashtra. The Peasants and Workers' Party, on the other hand, is hedging its bets and has drawn up a "with Pawar" and "without Pawar" poll plan. The Ramdas Athavale faction of the Republican Party of India has begun to wonder why it should transfer its votes to the NCP when the latter does not intend to share even 25 per cent of the power. To top it all, the local unit of the Samajwadi Party is pondering aloud why it should forego its pound of flesh by allying with the NCP.

Consequently, the effort to prop up a third front against the Congress as well as the Shiv Sena-bjp alliance in Maharashtra looks a little weak in the knee.

The NCP needs more time to build a workable coalition. Party spokesperson Praful Patel puts on a reasonable face: "We are hopeful of an early and positive settlement. We do not wish our prospective allies to be disappointed when it comes to a commonality of perspective and interests....



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