28 November, 2020

To Fit Inside These Doors

Pawar is trying every trick in the book to stay relevant after the LS polls

Fotocorp (From Outlook 17 February 2014)
To Fit Inside These Doors

That the NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra is on a sticky wicket is by now an open secret. So even as Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar issues denials about a secret meeting with Narendra Modi just months away from the Lok Sabha polls, other NCP leaders too are suddenly discovering the good side of the Gujarat chief minister.

The sudden appreciation of Modi’s administrative skills and capabilities by senior leaders like Praful Patel is being seen as attempts to cosy up to the NDA. Is it then that the NCP sees little hope for UPA-3 in 2014? No wonder the Shiv Sena was quick to respond. Sena leader Sanjay Raut was terse in his reaction: “Neither our doors nor our windows are open. There is no space for Sharad Pawar in the NDA.” While that may be clear, with the current anti-Congress mood in the country, there may be enough reason for the NCP to look for partners outside that party.

The rift between the Congress and the NCP in the state has been grabbing headlines for quite long now. Party sources confirm that the latter’s...



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