Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar has once again played his move in the national politics by giving a statement that could kill many birds in one stone. Pawar, in a programme held at Solapur, said that the President’s election should be held unopposed. For this, prime minister Narendra Modi should co-ordinate with the opposition parties, he wished.
Interestingly, soon after Pawar’s statement, Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Raut, said in Mumbai that Pawar is an ‘able’ candidate for the post of President and Raut also advised the BJP to accept Pawar’s candidature for this post.
Pawar had earlier claimed that he was nowhere in the race for President’s post. Now, his move is seen as an indication of his interest in this post. The Left Parties have also started efforts to project Pawar as the candidate for President’s post and their efforts are further strengthened by the Shiv Sena which holds a sizeable number of votes in President’s election. But the Shiv Sena has also pointed out the party’s first choice for President’s post is RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
The constituents of the NDA had taken a decision to support the BJP candidate in President’s election and Shiv Sena is also the part of this alliance. Yet, the Sena has supported rival Congress party’s candidates – Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee - in President’s elections by giving various reasons.
All circumstances clearly indicate that Pawar has jumped into the fray for President’s post. With his able political management and support of Shiv Sena, Pawar has brought interest in the ‘supreme’ power game.