Mumbai: Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief, said on Saturday that BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis handled the situation with maturity and kept the Independents on their side in the hotly contested Rajya Sabha seats in Maharashtra.
He further added, “I am not surprised to see the results.” The MVA candidates received votes in proportion to the number of MLAs. However, one has to accept the miracle in which BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis succeeded in weaning away independent MLAs and also those from smaller parties, who would have otherwise supported the MVA.
Despite falling short, the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress made a valiant effort to win the sixth seat, according to the NCP leader.
“In spite of falling short on a few numbers, the MVA made a valiant effort to gain the sixth seat.”
The MVA took a chance on the sixth position, but Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray took the risk. “In politics, one must take chances,” he went on to say.
The stability of the MVA government in the state would not be affected by the Rajya Sabha elections.
The BJP candidates-Union minister Piyush Goyal, former state minister Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik-won the fiercely fought elections, while Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, NCP’s Praful Patel and Congress’ Imran Pratapgarhi also came out victorious. The contest for the sixth seat was between the BJP’s Mahadik and Sena’s candidate Pawar, who lost. Mahadik and Pawar hail from Kolhapur in western Maharashtra.
“Not a single vote of the NCP, Shiv Sena, or Congress was impacted.” votes of independent MLAs became vital ,” he added.
In response to a question on whether the MVA lacked political maturity in the RS polls, Pawar stated that in politics, one has to take risks, which the Shiv Sena president and Uddhav Thackeray did.
When asked about the forthcoming presidential elections, he stated the topic had not yet been considered. “I’m going to Delhi tomorrow, and we’ll sit down and talk about it because everyone wants to talk about it together,” he said.