Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete while addressing a public rally on Monday said that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar formed his party by “backstabbing” Congress. He added that Pawar can’t be Shiv Sena’s leader.
He said that Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government made up of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress is just an “adjustment”.
While addressing a public rally in Raigad on Monday, Geete said, “Sharad Pawar cannot ever be our leader as this government (MVA) is mere an adjustment. Let people use as many accolades for Pawar but our ‘guru’ is only (late) Balasaheb Thackeray.”
“As long as this government is functioning, it will go on…If we separate, our home is Shiv Sena and we will always stick with our party,” Geete said further
MVA government was formed after the rift between BJP and Shiv Sena in the 2019 Assembly Elections. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar is regarded as the architect and anchor of the MVA government
“Pawar had formed his party by backstabbing Congress. If Congress and NCP cannot become one, the Shiv Sena also cannot toe the Congress policy entirely. Congress and NCP were not cordial always,” the Raigad MP added.
On May 25, 1999, Sharad Pawar, PA Sangma and Tariq Anwar founded the NCP following expulsion from the Indian National Congress for contesting Sonia Gandhi’s right to lead the party.
Afterwards, the NCP became a part of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance at the Centre in which Pawar served as Agriculture Minister. Similarly, in Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP shared power until 2014, when the Aghadi government was overthrown by the BJP.
Anant Geete was the union minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in 2014 when Shiv Sena was a member of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.