Pawar And Mayawati’s Opting Out Of Lok Sabha Polls Indicate Certain Victory For The NDA: Shiv Sena


New Delhi: The alliance partner of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Shiv Sena said that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and BSP president Mayawati’s opting out of the Lok Sabha polls is a clear indication of a certain victory for the NDA.

It also claimed Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would spoil the game for the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, reasoning the vote bank of the Congress and Mayawati is similar.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the NDA constituent said Pawar and Mayawati not contesting was a sign that the road was clear for Narendra Modi to return victorious as Prime Minister.

“Along with Sharad Pawar, Mayawati too has decided not to contest Lok Sabha polls, the importance of which is that they are out of the prime ministerial race,” the Sena editorial said.

Quoting Mayawati, it said she wants to campaign for her party’s candidates across the country, hence she chose not to contest herself.

However, the editorial reasoned, the BSP has presence only in Uttar Pradesh, and, therefore, the decision to opt out meant she was running way from a fight.

Pawar has sought a similar escape route from Madha Lok Sabha constituency, it claimed.

Taking a dig at the NCP chief, the Sena said Pawar is trying to unite the entire Opposition but couldn’t bring his own family and party members on the same page and therefore had to opt out.

“Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil’s decision to leave the NCP and join the BJP is a big blow for Pawar. It will stop the second hand of the NCP’s clock, which is anyway running slow,” the Sena said sarcastically.

On Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, it said, “In 2014, Dalits and Yadavs had voted heavily for Modi and not a single candidate of Mayawati could win. This scare haunts her even today. Priyanka’s ‘tourism’ visits are getting good response and there is a fear in Mayawati that the Congress leader will spoil her prospects from wherever she decides to contest,” it said.


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