February 7, 2023

Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut reacted sharply to state Congress chief Nana Patole’s feedback. (File)


Ahead of the Mumbai civic physique election subsequent 12 months, a Congress chief’s touch upon going it alone has sparked a rift in Maharashtra’s ruling coalition. Both the Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have reacted sharply to state Congress chief Nana Patole’s feedback.

“A friend in the Maha Vikas Aghadi, state Congress Chief Nana Patole, said that he will contest the elections alone. They will be part of the government but will contest elections alone. You can contest elections. Then the remaining two parties will think about what they will do together in the future,” Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut mentioned at the moment, elevating the opportunity of the Sena and Sharad Pawar’s NCP becoming a member of forces within the civic polls, leaving the Congress to a solo combat.

Nana Patole had made the remarks on Monday, apparently upset at NCP chief Sharad Pawar praising the Shiv Sena. He implied that the Congress had not been given its fair proportion within the coalition that got here to energy in 2019. “Congress will contest the Maharashtra assembly elections alone. I am ready to be the Chief Ministerial face if the high command decides,” the Maharashtra Congress chief was quoted as telling information company ANI.

“Congress is the original party. We don’t need anybody’s certificate. Even if somebody is sidelining us, that doesn’t mean Congress will be sidelined. Congress will only remain the top party in Maharashtra by 2024,” Mr Patole mentioned.

Soon after, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of the NCP snubbed Mr Patole and mentioned: “Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray have the final say on the state elections. Therefore, if someone is making a statement, it does not matter.”

The Maharashtra election is three extra years away however forward of polls in February to the civic physique BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation), the remarks have prompted pressure within the coalition. There is concept that the Sena and NCP could contest collectively as Sharad Pawar’s celebration has restricted presence in Mumbai. For the Congress, it’s completely different in civic polls because it has better presence in Mumbai and should have bother in seat-sharing.

An editorial within the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Thursday slammed the Congress feedback, saying that at a time the state is battling Covid and the row over Maratha quota, “some people have got into the mode of politics, elections and over-confidence”.

“Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole is a grassroots leader. Now he too has said he will come to power in Maharashtra on his own by contesting the upcoming elections. He will bring the party to power and will be a Congress Chief Minister – he has made such an announcement with overconfidence. There is no confusion in his mind on who will be Chief Minister,” the editorial mentioned scathingly.

It was “clear” from Nana Patole’s statements that he is not going to relaxation till he sits on the throne of Maharashtra, the editorial famous caustically.

“Parliamentary democracy is a game of majority. Those who win the game will sit on the throne. There is nothing wrong in desire and ambition in politics. But in the end, if you don’t have the majority, then what will walking and talking do?” — the Sena editorial mentioned.

Citing former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s pronouncements of returning to energy, the Sena identified that he couldn’t win a majority.

“So no one should claim 2024 from now on. Nana Patole’s party is in power in Maharashtra. Congress is an important component in Maha Vikas Aghadi,” mentioned the editorial.

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