The BJP’s overwhelming majority and the NCP’s extremely dismal performance in the Lok Sabha election has dashed the dreams of NCP President Sharad Pawar to return to the Capital. While Sharad Pawar did not contest, he was hopeful of playing a strong role in case the opposition performed well.
The NCP chief held more than 60 rallies in Maharashtra to canvas for alliance candidates. At the same time, he was seen meeting other opposition party leaders, including Chandrababu Naidu, and backing Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati at the national level. Had the BJP and its allies faltered, Sharad Pawar might have emerged as the opposition’s consensus candidate for the prime minister’s post, say leaders of NCP. But this dream has crashed with PM Modi’s stunning return to the highest political office in the country.
The immediate challenge at hands are the assembly polls, which are five months away. This time Sharad Pawar has to battle for the party’s survival in state. Else he will be completely written off forcing him to hang his boots even before he desires to do so. Zeba Warsia – NMTV News.