Mumbai: Veteran NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Mr Ajit Pawar at the party’s manthan shivir in the temple town of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district on Friday asked the party workers to gear up preparations for going solo in the upcoming elections without waiting for announcement of poll schedule and decision on alliance.
‘’Party workers elected to the local self government strengthens the party organisation and from them MPs and MLAs are elected. These are the people who make the party’s victory in Lok Sabha and assembly easy. So don't wait for the announcement of the poll schedule and party's decision on alliance but get ready to elect people of the party's ideology in the upcoming local body elections,’’ he said.
He added that ‘’Only if we show our strength, the parties will come to discuss with us for a tie up.’’
Pawar’s call to party workers is important especially when the elections to the 15 municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and several municipal councils are expected to be conducted in due course of time.
Pawar targeted the Shinde Fadnavis government
Pawar targeted the Shinde Fadnavis government and claimed big-ticket projects had moved away from the state due to its inefficiency.’’ He said lakhs of youths have missed employment opportunities in Maharashtra because of the state government’s ineptitude and claimed there was “tremendous anger” against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde among people.
NCP president Sharad Pawar, who is undergoing treatment in a Mumbai hospital, joined the meeting through video conferencing. The NCP chief is expected to attend the shivir on Saturday.
Pawar said Shinde, who took oath on June 30, had told the state Assembly that investment up to Rs 4 lakh crore will come to Maharashtra with Vedanta-Foxconn’s semiconductor plant, but he is now blaming the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for the Rs 1.5 lakh crore project going to adjoining Gujarat.
’The Shinde government is not being truthful with people
‘’The Shinde government is not being truthful with people. It is because of failure of this government that projects are moving away from Maharashtra. As long as this government is in power, unemployment will only grow,”he noted.
Pawar referring to the rebellion by Eknath Shinde and the formation of a government with BJP said,’’ Changing party is not a mistake. It is not wrong to change the party and become the Chief Minister. However, destroying the house in which one grew up is dishonesty.’’
Opposition has been demanding declaration of a ‘wet drought’
Pawar said that the Opposition has been demanding declaration of a ‘wet drought’ in the state due to crop losses in excessive rains in October, but the government isn’t doing anything.
He alleged many leaders from the NCP are being offered inducements to leave the party, which was a constituent of the MVA government.
“Don’t fall prey to such tactics. Common citizens haven’t liked the way the Shiv Sena’s name and poll symbol were frozen (following a rebellion in the party). There is tremendous anger against Eknath Shinde among the people,” he said.
The NCP leader said even MLA Bacchu Kadu, who is supporting the Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, has opined that the chief minister wasn’t right in staking claim over the Shiv Sena. ‘’Monstrous ambition is not good. Shinde is not capable of bringing big-ticket projects to the state,”he added.