Within the wake of the BJP profitable all three Rajya Sabha seats it contested in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday mentioned BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis succeeded in working the “miracle” of weaning away unbiased MLAs from rival camps utilizing “completely different means”.
He additionally mentioned that there was nothing surprising within the election outcomes, by which a Shiv Sena candidate misplaced.
Speaking to reporters in Pune, Mr Pawar mentioned the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress made a brave try to win the sixth seat regardless of falling brief of some numbers.
“I’m not shocked to see the outcomes. The MVA candidates obtained votes in proportion to the variety of MLAs. Nevertheless, one has to simply accept the miracle by which BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis succeeded in weaning away unbiased MLAs and in addition these from smaller events, who would have in any other case supported the MVA. He was profitable in bringing folks (unbiased MLAs) near him by utilizing completely different means,” Sharad Pawar informed reporters in Pune.
“The MVA made a brave try to win the sixth seat regardless of falling brief or few numbers. The sixth seat was a danger for the MVA, however (Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray took the danger. In politics, one has to take dangers,” he added.
When requested whether or not the end result of the Rajya Sabha elections would have an effect on the steadiness of the MVA authorities within the state, Sharad Pawar replied within the unfavourable.
“See the numbers. The required majority to run a authorities has not been impacted,” the previous Union minister mentioned, including that there was no menace to the MVA dispensation.
The BJP had fielded three candidates out of the full six Rajya Sabha seats that went to the polls on Friday.
BJP candidates – Union minister Piyush Goyal, former state minister Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik – received the fiercely-fought elections, whereas Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, NCP’s Praful Patel and Congress’ Imran Pratapgarhi additionally got here out victorious. The competition was for the sixth seat – between BJP’s Mahadik and Sena’s Sanjay Pawar, who misplaced. Mr Mahadik and Mr Pawar hail from Kolhapur in western Maharashtra.
Mr Pawar mentioned the quota for first choice vote for Praful Patel (NCP), Imran Pratapgarhi (Congress) and Sanjay Raut (Sena) was intact.
“Actually, Praful Patel obtained an additional vote from a BJP-backed unbiased MLA, who voted for Patel after informing me. The unbiased has labored with me earlier. That further vote was from the quota of our opponent (BJP), which landed in NCP’s kitty,” the veteran politician mentioned.
“Not a single vote of the NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress was impacted. Even a single vote from BJP was impacted. All of the enjoyable occurred within the votes of unbiased MLAs,” he added.
The counting for election to the six Rajya Sabha seats within the state was held up for a number of hours because the BJP questioned the validity of ballots solid by three MVA MLAs, alleging that guidelines have been violated. The MVA too sought to invalidate two votes, one by a BJP MLA and one other by an Impartial. The counting lastly started at 1 pm on Saturday.
Speaking about it, Mr Pawar alleged that the objection raised by BJP over three MLAs’ votes was part of their plan.
“The voter is meant to point out the vote to the management. They’ve the best to point out the vote. So if somebody reveals the vote to Congress president Nana Patole or NCP state unit chief Jayant Patil, there isn’t a illegality in that,” he mentioned.
Requested about Shiv Sena MLA Suhas Kande’s vote being declared invalid, he mentioned that he doesn’t know something about it.
Replying to a query whether or not the MVA failed to point out the political maturity within the RS elections, Mr Pawar mentioned one has to take dangers in politics and that danger was taken by Shiv Sena chief and Uddhav Thackeray.
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