Pawar’s ‘acceptance’ as NCP chief echoes Bal Thackeray’s 1992 resignation and return

“Will work for NCP with renewed vigour”, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar has backtracked on his decision to resign as party president after the NCP committee rejected its proposal.

Pawar also mentioned that his daughter and MP Supriya Sule did not accept the position of chairing the NCP.

However, a political scuffle broke out after Pawar announced his resignation Pawar’s autobiography Lok Bhool Bhulaiya Sangati launch event On Tuesday, echoes of a 1992 incident in Maharashtra politics involving Bal Thackeray, a close friend of Pawar, were heard.

Sharad Govindrao Pawar has held the presidency of the NCP since the party’s formation on 10 June 1999, when he left the Indian National Congress to pursue his own political path.

But from Tuesday until Pawar took back his resignation, there were striking similarities to what happened with Bal Thackeray nearly three decades ago.

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As soon as it was time for Pawar to withdraw the resignation card, just as speculation arose about his niece and Ajit Pawar, an important cog in the NCP state machinery, leaning towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bal Thackeray pulled a similar card. Taken when there were detractors from within and Shiv Sena outside attacked Thackeray’s style of functioning.

Thackeray was being accused of making Shiv Sena his fiefdom Chhagan Bhujbal and 17 other MLAs from rural Maharashtra, along with other critics from outside the party.

On July 18, 1992, Thackeray wrote an article in the party mouthpiece Saamana titled “Akhercha Jai ​​Maharashtra (Last Hail Maharashtra)”. This article was his public announcement of his resignation as the President of Shiv Sena.

The surprise resignation sent shockwaves two days later, on June 20, to a cavalcade of emotional Shiv Sainiks outside Thackeray’s residence. They gathered at his residence and asked him to reconsider his decision to resign.

Looks like what NCP did to Sharad Pawar on Friday?

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out in the hall Matoshree In Bandra-East, senior Shiv Sena leaders were heckled by Bal Thackeray loyalists for not being loyal to the party founder.

The incident strengthened the Shiv Sena so much that Bal Thackeray “generously” accepted the soldiers’ requests and sealed his hold on the Shiv Sena forever.

NCP president Sharad Pawar, 82, considered one of India’s most pragmatic leaders, is also seen as a key plank for opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Called upon by ML Stalin, Rahul Gandhi and their ilk, Pawar decided to return as NCP president and promised organizational restructuring for better performance.

By making a public show about his plans to no longer lead the party, he has given a subtle message that he remains the most influential force in the NCP.

The Shiv Sena came to power in 1995 in alliance with the BJP following a series of events. What the future holds for NCP, it will be revealed eventually!

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