NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has taken an initiative to bring together opposition parties to take on BJP at the national level, on Saturday claimed that the saffron party was displaying the arrogance of power due to a brute majority in the parliament. However, he warned that the BJP’s days could be numbered if the common man unites against it. Pawar in his address to the party workers in Dhule recalled that the British Empire also collapsed after the common man united.
‘’Common man can teach a lesson to the BJP,’’ he said.
On the verbal duel and tussle between BJP MPs and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the wake of Adhir Chowdhury’s remarks against President Droupadi Murmu, Pawar came down heavily on the BJP MPs’ unruly behaviour.
"The concerned MP used a wrong word for the President and apologized after realizing his mistake. But the BJP wanted Sonia Gandhi to apologise. She was heckled by BJP MPs and ministers. It was our MP (daughter Supriya Sule) who escorted her out till her vehicle. Otherwise, something could have happened there," Pawar told party workers. He noted that it reflected the arrogance of power of the BJP as they can resort to extreme steps if they disagree with others.
On Governor BS Koshyari’s remarks, Pawar recalled that he had made the controversial statement about Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule.
‘’Mumbai and Maharashtra carry people of other caste, religion, language together. The progress of Mumbai was done through the hard work and sweat of the common man. It is not a sign of wisdom to make such a statement,’’ noted Pawar. ‘’I will not go into it too much, because the cap on the Governor's head, there is not much difference between the colour of his cap and his heart,’’ he opined.
Pawar said Koshyari did not allow the Assembly speaker's election for the past two years but allowed it in two days after the new government took over. ‘’If such is the conduct of the Governor, then what will happen to democracy? It is our duty to protect democracy and the Constitution at any cost," he noted.