New Delhi : It is just a few days after the big divorces in Maharashtra politics, and the ex-alliance partners are making the right noises to keep alive the chances of a post-poll reunion. They do all this even while hitting out at their exes and blaming them for the break-up. So, the NCP strongman Sharad Pawar has blamed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for the split, and kept alive the post-poll option of having a reunion.
Pawar has a compulsive need to refute the suggestions that his party would get into a post-poll tie up with the BJP. His image as a secular politician would be shattered, and then the Congress would be the only beneficiary of the secular vote. He simply cannot afford this type of situation. Interestingly, Pawar’s denial does nothing to rule out the possibility that should such a situation arise in a post-poll situation, his party would not only support the BJP in government formation, but also step into the one ministerial berth that would be vacated after the Sena nominee’s exit from the union cabinet. A master bargainer, he could strike several deals in one go.
The Congress president Sonia Gandhi has swiftly denied her party’s role in the split.” Neither me, nor Rahul had anything to do with it,” she observed even during a trip to the flood-hit areas of Jammu, and this has scuttled the chances of Pawar getting any advantage in this blame game. Her lieutenant Prithivraj Chavan who has been accused by Pawar of not having a coalition mindset already does not spare any opportunity to run down the NCP, and his erstwhile deputy Ajit Pawar.