Why did the BJP take 5 years to appreciate Pawar's experience? asks Sena after Pawar revelation
After Sharad Pawar revealed that PM Modi had reached out him to work together, Shiv Sena started wondering what made the BJP take 5 years to realise the NCP chief’s ‘’utility and experience’’.
Through an editorial on ‘Saamana’, the mouthpiece of Shiv Sena, the party asked the BJP why it took five years to realise the "utility and experience" of Sharad Pawar, the Chief of NCP.
The comment from Sena came a few days after Pawar revealed in an interview that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made him an offer to work together.
“We wonder why the BJP took five years to realise Pawar's utility and experience. Had the NCP won less than 55 seats in the Assembly polls, the BJP would not have tried to woo the party.”
In the October 21 state polls, the BJP won 105 seats, the Shiv Sena 56, the NCP 54 and the Congress 44.
The Sena, which fought the elections in alliance with the BJP, however, later fell out with its decades-old partner over the issue of sharing the chief minister's post.
The Marathi daily noted that PM Modi had earlier called the NCP "Naturally Corrupt Party" and before the Assembly polls, the BJP president Amit Shah had questioned Pawar's contribution towards the development of Maharashtra.
"If all that was true, then what kind of benefit was the BJP anticipating from NCP's experience?" the Sena asked.
After the Lok Sabha polls this year, the Enforcement Directorate initiated an inquiry into an alleged land deal between NCP leader Praful Patel and a terror suspect in Mumbai.
An ED notice was sent to Pawar as well (before the Maharashtra Assembly polls) the Sena pointed out. "It was the beginning of the BJP's corrupt practice to prepare a ground for government formation after the Assembly elections in Maharashtra. But, Pawar did not bow down to Delhi's pressure tactics," the Marathi daily said.