NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said he was not surprised by the RS poll results but showered praise on the role played by the leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis saying that he succeeded in working the "miracle" of weaning away independent MLAs from rival camps using "different means". ‘’It's not a setback for the MVA. BJP succeeded in bringing independent candidates to its side,’’ he noted.
"I am not shocked to see the results. The MVA candidates received votes in proportion to the number of MLAs. However, one has to accept the miracle in which BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis succeeded in weaning away independent MLAs and also those from smaller parties, who would have otherwise supported the MVA. He was successful in bringing people (independent MLAs) close to him by using different means," Pawar said.
Pawar clarified that there was no threat to the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government in the state. The votes made it clear that MVA has the strength required to run the government, he said. ‘’See the numbers. The required majority to run a government has not been impacted," he noted, reiterating that there was no threat to the MVA dispensation.
Pawar also lauded Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for taking the risk and fighting for the sixth seat.
The MVA made a courageous attempt to win the sixth seat despite falling short by few numbers. The sixth seat was a risk for the MVA, but CM Uddhav Thackeray took the risk. In politics, one has to take risks," asserted Pawar.
Meanwhile, veteran NCP leader Praful Patel, who won the Rajya Sabha election, said each party had allotted a fixed quota in the Maha Vikas Aghadi. The expected votes have been received by the candidates of the alliance. ‘’However, Shiv Sena nominee Sanjay Pawar did not get the expected votes of some smaller parties and independents. They may have some resentment. However, senior leaders of the alliance will discuss this,’’ he added.
Patel said, ‘’One vote of Shiv Sena had become invalid. Besides, Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik did not get bail for voting. The NCP had 51 votes but I was given a quota of 42 votes. However, I got an additional vote. I will have to find out where the 43rd vote came from. Sanjay Pawar got 9 votes of all senior ministers of NCP. The process of Rajya Sabha elections and Legislative Council elections is different. But now we will pay more attention to the forthcoming assembly elections,” said Patel.