Mumbai: Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana on Thursday slammed Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole for his statement that the party will fight the next assembly elections alone and not as an ally of the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance.
The editorial in Saamana said that adding to the promises of the state, which is already battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Marathas, OBCs, Dhangars demand reservation, some people got into politics, elections and overconfidence. In such a situation, some people are busy only thinking about politics, elections and showing overconfidence, it said, adding that people in Maharashtra are obsessed with politics, but it was never felt before that they are so ‘obsessed’.
“Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole is a grassroots leader. Now he has also claimed to bring power to Maharashtra by contesting the upcoming elections. He will bring the party to power and will make a Congress Chief Minister on his own, he has made such an announcement with over-confidence. There is no confusion in his mind on who will be the Chief Minister.”
The editorial quoted Patole as saying that, if the party allows him, he is set to become the chief ministerial candidate in the 2024 assembly elections in Maharashtra. Therefore, it is clear from Nana Patole’s statements that he will not rest until he ascends the throne of Maharashtra, the editorial said.
Quoting Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s statement on Patole’s remarks, the editorial said those who have a majority of 145 MLAs will form the government and decide on the chief minister.
“Parliamentary democracy is a game of majority figures. Those who win the game will sit on the throne. There’s nothing wrong with having will and ambition in politics. But in the end, if the majority figure is not there, then what will walking and talking do?” said the editorial.
It further said that former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis used to say ‘I will come again but he did not return to power, adding that his strength of 105 MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party was wasted and the three parties (Congress), NCP and Shiv Sena) came together to get a majority.
“So no one should claim 2024 from now on. Nana Patole’s party is in power in Maharashtra. Congress is an important component in Maha Vikas Aghadi,” said the editorial.
It said that as soon as Nana Patole announced that he would go alone in the upcoming elections, BJP strongman Raosaheb Danve also announced that the BJP would contest the 2024 assembly elections on its own.
Now the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance is not possible again, so the BJP will have to fight on its own, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana quoted the Union minister as saying. It also supported Danve’s statement where he said that in politics when, where, who will come close to whom, it cannot be predicted and there is no permanent enemy or permanent friend in politics.
The editorial stated that although the 2024 elections are still far away, leaders have already started talking about contesting the elections on their own. It also suspected a conspiracy behind holding Lok Sabha or assembly elections ahead of time.
This comes amid the growing discontent in Maha Vikas Aghadi, especially Congress which indicated that it may opt for fighting the elections separately.