While the Lok Sabha results may decide the fate of state government, there are also chances that the Cong-NCP alliance may end if Sharad Pawar chooses to support a non-Congress Government at Centre. The unease at Mantralaya is palpable. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the outcome of the general election would decide the fate of the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra. Political managers of the ruling combine are working overtime to consider various possibilities that may emerge after the results are announced on May 16. The Congress and the NCP are loathe to entertain an idea of a government at the Centre without the Congress, but with the active support of Sharad Pawar. If Sharad Pawar supports a combination that doesn’t have the Congress at the Centre, the Congress and the NCP will have to part ways in Maharashtra. Congress feels that it will be left to Sharad Pawar’s mercy should it continue to stay with the NCP after the Maratha strongman decides to support some other combination. Sharad Pawar has dropped enough hints that he won’t mind becoming a part of any other combination if the situation demands. The Congress won’t accept this. The state Assembly elections are slated to take place in October. Many in the know think that May 16 outcome may curtail the state Assembly’s term. If both parties decide to call it quits, the Assembly elections would be advanced. Though financial reasons won’t let this happen. Bureau report – NMTV News.
March 14, 2010
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