Saamna’s editorial criticizes Pawar for not being able to realize a party successor to the NCP. Saamna is run by his ally’s party member Shivsena UBT.
The Saamna editor mentions the failure of Sharad Pawar in raising a party successor after the former ICC chief criticized the leader of Shivsena UBT for not being up to mark in his assembly chores.
The editorial also mentions Pawar to be a leader of national stature but commented on his successor dilemma after he strategically took back his resignation as the chief of the NCP when weaned by several party workers who started to send their resignations and letters written with their blood.
About a week earlier the Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar published the latest edition of his Marathi book ‘Lok Maze Sangati’ in Mumbai. His speech started with stories of his earliest days in politics, however, it culminated with his resignation from his position as party chief, spine-chilling his party workers and leaders.
No one was informed of his resignation before nor any party meeting was conducted. Party leaders and workers from towns and villages pleaded with the former chief minister, weeping at his feet to take back his decision however he reiterated that he wants to build a successor at this point and will be guiding politically from behind.
Pawar is instrumental in the formation of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) a political alliance in the Indian state of Maharashtra, formed in November 2019. It comprises three major political parties – the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Indian National Congress (INC).
The formation of the MVA came after a political crisis in Maharashtra, where the Shiv Sena, which had been in an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), withdrew from the alliance after the 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. The NCP and INC later joined hands with the Shiv Sena to form the MVA government in the state, with Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena as the Chief Minister.
The formation of the MVA marked a significant shift in Maharashtra politics, with the three parties coming together to form a coalition government for the first time in the state’s history.
Pawar in his stoic style replied to the reporters on the editorial that people are allowed to have their own opinions of things. Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule were the most contested names for the position of the party chief. Ajit Pawar, the opposition leader is known for his shrewd comments and opinions and at the same time for his immense work and unfathomable work ethic which make people praise him as the king of governance. Although a large population believes he would be a good party chief, many believe that he governs the best but won’t be able to lead the party through the crushing waters of politics.
Supriya Sule an MP of the NCP and the only daughter of the former defense minister is a capable parliamentarian and has been awarded more than six SANSAD RATNA awards, she is a soft English-speaking urban woman and possesses the ability to wear the party chief gauntlet at the national level seamlessly however the social dilapidation of who will listen to a woman echoes far and wide in every party and Sharad Pawar although a liberal knows the pulse of the country and won’t do anything impractical.
Pawar is known for his shrewd political acumen and his ability to forge alliances with other political parties. He has been a key player in Maharashtra politics for several decades, and his influence extends beyond the state. His leadership and experience are seen as invaluable assets to the party, and he remains one of the most respected figures in Indian politics.