Cong-NCP will benefit if decision-making fast-tracked: Pawar
Mumbai: The ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine in Maharashtra will have to work hard and expedite decision-making to turn the tide in its favour ahead of crucial assembly polls due later this year, NCP President Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday.
The two parties will fight the elections together, he added.
"Congress and NCP, which are seeking the fourth term in office, will fight the Assembly polls in alliance," he said, telling reporters, "If we expedite important decisions in the next two months, then only the ruling combine will benefit."
Pawar expressed confidence the Congress would return to power in the state despite the current political situation. The Congress won only two seats in Maharashtra in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
Pawar has convened a meeting of NCP ministers, senior leaders, office-bearers on May 22 and May 23 to take stock of the Lok Sabha results in which his party's tally was whittled down to only four seats. The NCP contested 21 seats.
On the Lok Sabha results, Pawar said he expected the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win a little over 200 seats and the Congress to pick up 80-100 seats. "However, the actual results were unexpected," he said.
Pawar said the BJP made good use of the electronic media to campaign aggressively. "We brought schemes but failed to ensure effective execution like implementation of the Food Security Act. A lot of time was wasted on the issue of making Aadhar Card mandatory for gas cylinders. In the end, we had to face people's wrath," the NCP chief said.
"Even in cases of corruption like the 2G, CWG or coal scams, it was the judiciary which initiated action. So people were angry with the government," the outgoing Union agriculture minister said.
When asked about the depleted Opposition strength in the Lok Sabha, Pawar said the situation will help new faces to emerge as good orators.
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