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'Saamana' Interview: NCP chief Sharad Pawar says Fadnavis' "Mi Punah Yein" claim backfired

The NCP chief also ruled out the reports claiming differences among the three allies in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

'Saamana' Interview: NCP chief Sharad Pawar says Fadnavis' "Mi Punah Yein" claim backfired
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar attacked former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis saying that the politicians should not take their voters for granted. 

In an interview by Shiv Sena leader and Executive Editor of ‘Saamana’, Pawar took a dig at Fadnavis saying that voters shouldn’t be taken for granted as leaders like Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee also lost in elections. 

During the Maharashtra assembly polls last year, Fadnavis raged in his rallies claiming that he will come back to power as the Chief Minister. However, his plans failed after Shiv Sena joined hands with NCP and Congress to form the government in Maharashtra. 

Pawar, in the interview, said that Fadnavis’ “Mi Punha Yein (I will come back)” claim backfired as voters felt the need to teach a lesson thinking that this stance was arrogant. 

The NCP chief also ruled out the reports claiming differences among the three allies in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Pawar, who is regarded as the chief architect of the MVA government in Maharashtra, said that there was not an “iota of truth” in reports suggesting tussle in the MVA. 

Pawar is the first non-Sena leader to appear in a marathon interview series in ‘Saaman’ which is Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece. Earlier, the marathi daily has published interviews of Uddhav Thackeray and Bal Thackeray among other Sena leaders. 

In the interview, Pawar further said that one can’t think that they will remain in power forever in a democracy. “Powerful personalities like Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee who were mass leaders also lost in elections. Voters will not tolerate it if they are taken for granted,” he asserted. 

Speaking about BJP’s performance in the assembly polls in Maharashtra last year, the NCP supremo said that people in the state voted for a change. He admitted that during Lok Sabha polls BJP performed better as people voted in line of the sentiment prevailing in the country.

“However, the mood of the people changed during the assembly polls. BJP performed poorly in the assembly elections. People of Maharashtra voted for a change,” Pawar said. 

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