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AFTER THE LOK SABHA DEBACLE – IS THE PAWAR POWER OVER?

pawar-power1The Lok Sabha results for Maharashtra have come as a huge setback for NCP President Sharad Pawar, who was being projected as a potential prime ministerial candidate till the counting of votes. Now, not only will the NCP have to deal with an increasingly confident Congress, it has also been dealt a blow by voters. The NCP’s tally has come down by two seats from its 2004 winnings; it has got only eight seats, down from the 10 it got in 2004. Sharad Pawar, in the run-up to the polls, concentrated on the Maratha community, willing to grant reservations to the community in government jobs and educational institutions. However neither that nor the hype in building him up as a contender for the Prime Minister’s post helped. The substantial rise in the Congress tally has added insult to injury; The Congress has won 17 seats this time, 4 more than the 2004 count of 13. NCP State President R R Patil has stated that the party would soon review the situation and identify the factors that led to its poor performance. The poll has also ended Pawar’s power over western Maharashtra, an NCP bastion for some time. The party, which contested eight of the 12 seats in this region, won only three; it had bagged six seats in 2004. In Pune, too-Pawar’s home turf-the Shiv Sena trounced NCP nominees in Shirur and Maval. All these are factors indicating that post count – the Pawar power is waning. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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