Pawar resists Cong charm

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    Pawar resists Cong charm

    New Delhi, July 20: Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister have sung paeans to Sharad Pawar as part of an effort to dissuade him from pulling out of the ministry but sources on both sides said the issues were too many and too complex to be resolved easily.

    Pawar’s discontent appears to stem from an assessment that the Congress has a tendency to grab all fruits of power, leaving little for its partners.

    “The Congress has no respect for proportionate power-sharing in a coalition. All governors, ambassadors, chairpersons of boards and commissions are appointed by them. We can’t even get a bank director,” said a leader of the NCP, Pawar’s party.

    Although the Congress camp exuded confidence the stand-off would be resolved, NCP leaders insisted the issue could escalate into a crisis if the response was not adequate.

    The three NCP ministers would withdraw, though the party would continue to support the UPA from outside, the leaders said. The NCP will meet on Monday at 3pm to take the final decision.

    A communication from Pawar to the Prime Minister yesterday had raised several issues on the functioning of the coalition and expressed the desire to support the government from outside. Although this was not a formal resignation letter, the NCP wanted to send a message that it could withdraw its ministers. The NCP has nine Lok Sabha MPs.

    Sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh first entreated Pawar to attend the cabinet meeting and then met him later in the night to persuade him to withdraw the letter. Singh spoke of Pawar’s “knowledge, wisdom and experience”.

    Sonia met Pawar today and unambiguously said there cannot be a UPA government without him.

    But the most important signal came at the meeting of senior NCP leaders during the day where Pawar indicated his resolve to stay out of the government. A senior NCP leader told The Telegraph: “Pawar saheb looked very upset and unusually firm. He said eight years are too long a time to remain in the government. Now we should concentrate on strengthening our party.”

    It was decided to consult senior party leaders from Maharashtra before taking the final decision.

    Top sources revealed the trigger for Pawar’s outburst came when a Congress leader informed him of the decision to make P.J. Kurien the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. Pawar reportedly told the leader there was no need to convey this message if the decision had been taken without consultations.

    The NCP had demanded that the post be given to an ally after the Congress had its way on candidates for President and Vice-President. The NCP had planned to propose the name of Tariq Anwar for the post.

    New Delhi, July 20: Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister have sung paeans to Sharad Pawar as part of an effort to dissuade him from pulling out of the ministry but sources on both sides said the issues were too many and too complex to be resolved easily.

    Pawar’s discontent appears to stem from an assessment that the Congress has a tendency to grab all fruits of power, leaving little for its partners.

    “The Congress has no respect for proportionate power-sharing in a coalition. All governors, ambassadors, chairpersons of boards and commissions are appointed by them. We can’t even get a bank director,” said a leader of the NCP, Pawar’s party.

    Although the Congress camp exuded confidence the stand-off would be resolved, NCP leaders insisted the issue could escalate into a crisis if the response was not adequate.

    The three NCP ministers would withdraw, though the party would continue to support the UPA from outside, the leaders said. The NCP will meet on Monday at 3pm to take the final decision.

    A communication from Pawar to the Prime Minister yesterday had raised several issues on the functioning of the coalition and expressed the desire to support the government from outside. Although this was not a formal resignation letter, the NCP wanted to send a message that it could withdraw its ministers. The NCP has nine Lok Sabha MPs.

    Sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh first entreated Pawar to attend the cabinet meeting and then met him later in the night to persuade him to withdraw the letter. Singh spoke of Pawar’s “knowledge, wisdom and experience”.

    Sonia met Pawar today and unambiguously said there cannot be a UPA government without him.

    But the most important signal came at the meeting of senior NCP leaders during the day where Pawar indicated his resolve to stay out of the government. A senior NCP leader told The Telegraph: “Pawar saheb looked very upset and unusually firm. He said eight years are too long a time to remain in the government. Now we should concentrate on strengthening our party.”

    It was decided to consult senior party leaders from Maharashtra before taking the final decision.

    Top sources revealed the trigger for Pawar’s outburst came when a Congress leader informed him of the decision to make P.J. Kurien the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. Pawar reportedly told the leader there was no need to convey this message if the decision had been taken without consultations.

    The NCP had demanded that the post be given to an ally after the Congress had its way on candidates for President and Vice-President. The NCP had planned to propose the name of Tariq Anwar for the post.

    New Delhi, July 20: Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister have sung paeans to Sharad Pawar as part of an effort to dissuade him from pulling out of the ministry but sources on both sides said the issues were too many and too complex to be resolved easily.

    Pawar’s discontent appears to stem from an assessment that the Congress has a tendency to grab all fruits of power, leaving little for its partners.

    “The Congress has no respect for proportionate power-sharing in a coalition. All governors, ambassadors, chairpersons of boards and commissions are appointed by them. We can’t even get a bank director,” said a leader of the NCP, Pawar’s party.

    Although the Congress camp exuded confidence the stand-off would be resolved, NCP leaders insisted the issue could escalate into a crisis if the response was not adequate.

    The three NCP ministers would withdraw, though the party would continue to support the UPA from outside, the leaders said. The NCP will meet on Monday at 3pm to take the final decision.

    A communication from Pawar to the Prime Minister yesterday had raised several issues on the functioning of the coalition and expressed the desire to support the government from outside. Although this was not a formal resignation letter, the NCP wanted to send a message that it could withdraw its ministers. The NCP has nine Lok Sabha MPs.

    Sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh first entreated Pawar to attend the cabinet meeting and then met him later in the night to persuade him to withdraw the letter. Singh spoke of Pawar’s “knowledge, wisdom and experience”.

    Sonia met Pawar today and unambiguously said there cannot be a UPA government without him.

    But the most important signal came at the meeting of senior NCP leaders during the day where Pawar indicated his resolve to stay out of the government. A senior NCP leader told The Telegraph: “Pawar saheb looked very upset and unusually firm. He said eight years are too long a time to remain in the government. Now we should concentrate on strengthening our party.”

    It was decided to consult senior party leaders from Maharashtra before taking the final decision.

    Top sources revealed the trigger for Pawar’s outburst came when a Congress leader informed him of the decision to make P.J. Kurien the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. Pawar reportedly told the leader there was no need to convey this message if the decision had been taken without consultations.

    The NCP had demanded that the post be given to an ally after the Congress had its way on candidates for President and Vice-President. The NCP had planned to propose the name of Tariq Anwar for the post.

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    Pawar drips ‘small’ acid

    New Delhi, July 20: Among the many complaints of Sharad Pawar, one that was articulated forcefully was an alleged attempt by a section of the Congress to undermine his stature.

    “They would say the NCP, with only nine MPs, is a small party. They forgot what Pawar brought to the UPA table,” his party and cabinet colleague Praful Patel said in public today.

    That the “small-party” barb had touched a raw nerve was evident in a sarcastic reference in the letter Pawar sent to the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi.

    “We are a small party. So it doesn’t confer stature or respectability. So we need to build up our party for the future. Therefore, we need to devote more time to build up our party,” Pawar wrote.

    The Congress responded politely, with its chief spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi saying: “The party sees Pawar as a senior and respected leader.”

    He added that those in the Congress top hierarchy, whose views matter, never intended to undermine Pawar’s stature or disrespect him. The Prime Minister said in a statement given to PTI: “Mr Sharad Pawar is a very valued colleague of mine whose knowledge, wisdom and experience are a great asset to our government.”

    But NCP leaders said such statements would not assuage Pawar’s feelings as the Prime Minister had said nicer things to him yesterday.

    The assertion prompted speculation if Pawar has drawn up a strategy to distance himself from the UPA and keep options open on joining the third front brigade. Patel’s public critique of the government, too, made the Congress suspect such a plan.

    Patel had said: “We are entering the last two years before the next general election.… We feel that to that effect, the government must also be more decisive, more committed to issues that are before the people of the country.”

    Such utterances compelled some Congress leaders to fear that the crisis could be deeper than initially anticipated. But there was no dearth of leaders in the Congress who recalled Pawar’s record of backing out or striking deals.

    Another NCP leader expressed anger at the charge that Pawar was plotting to ensure his daughter Supriya Sule entered the cabinet when Rahul Gandhi was about to join it. “What is the problem in inducting Supriya? Agatha Sangma is anyway going to be removed from the ministry after what her father did. Supriya can be brought under the NCP quota. Where is the need to create a crisis for this?” this leader said.

    NCP leaders rubbished the perception that Pawar was angry because he was denied the No. 2 slot in the cabinet after Pranab Mukherjee’s exit. “He has been really upset because of so many things and we had decided to raise these issues publicly after the presidential election,” the NCP leader said.

    Besides the denial of posts to his lieutenants, sources said, Pawar was already unhappy with Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. The talk of making Sushil Kumar Shinde the leader of the Lok Sabha also came as a rude shock to him. Shinde, who rose from humble origins in Sholapur to become a police constable, was brought into politics by Pawar.

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    I just don't understand the Congress Party and its ways of governance.

    They must realise that the days of dictating terms are over.

    It is a Coalition and every seat in the Parliament matters.

    CBI is not the be all and end all to keep all the Members of the Coalition in place.

    TMC, DMK and now, the NCP are miffed.

    What if they gang up and quit?

    The Congress will be left with the can and be thrown out of office.

    Because of the malgovernance Congress has no hope in hell to return.

    Then what will happen Kalia?

    If the new Govt starts using the same way the Congress has used the CBI, then the Congress will have to say Goodbye to ever holding office.

    There are enough skeletons in the Congress' cupboard, if Dr Swamy is to be believed.

    And the Supreme Court goes where the wind blows as is their advice to the COAS!
     
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    Maharashtra turf wars at root of Cong-NCP friction
     
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    The NCP is meeting on Monday.

    Let us see how the worm turns, as they say in this English idiom!
     
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    If the terminal illness of Raajmata is reality then Pawar and SG are in same situation to get their heirs on throne before time runs out.

    Sonia must realize that influence of Deshmukhs and Chavans is rapidly deteriorating.

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