Twenty years ago Sharad Pawar rebelled from the Congress to make his own party – the Nationalist Congress Party. But perhaps it’s not until now that he has had to experience what at that time the Congress high commands must have felt. Assembly elections are round the corner and NCP is in a chronic meltdown. Four MLAs – Shivendra Raje Bhosale, Vaibhav Pichad, Pandurang Barora and Sandeep Naik, Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, and his son, Ranjit Sinh Mohite Patil, Sachin Ahir and Chitra Wagh – have all quit the party between Lok Sabha elections and now. But its Navi Mumbai that has given Sharad Pawar the biggest jolt – its last bastion fell the day NCP in Navi Mumbai pledged new loyalties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP. NMMC is the only municipal corporation in the state that was ruled by Sharad Pawar led NCP. And it’s quite clear that Sharad Pawar is unable to keep his party together. And while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that only leaders of merit are being inducted in the party, not all senior BJP leaders agree with the trend of rebelling for the sake of remaining in power. One of them being Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. In a program aired on a news channel recently, Nitin Gadkari, who shared dais with senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde said that “the market of rebels is “hot” at the moment”.
He mocked rebelling leaders as being those who follow no ideologies and taunted that “Neither leftists, nor rightists, these leaders are known opportunists.”
Nitin Gadkari urged that a law should be made to stop the trend of rebel for power.
Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.