Sharad Pawar thanks PM Modi; MVA alliance won wherever PM rallied

Sharad Pawar, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and leader of National Congress Party-SP (NCP-SP) sarcastically thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that wherever he held roadshows and rallies, the MVA registered victories in those places in the Lok Sabha polls.

| Updated: 16 June, 2024 6:52 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Sharad Pawar, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and leader of National Congress Party-SP (NCP-SP) sarcastically thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that wherever he held roadshows and rallies, the MVA registered victories in those places in the Lok Sabha polls.

“I consider it my duty to thank the Prime Minister. We thank PM Narendra Modi for making the political atmosphere conducive for the MVA,” Pawar said in a press conference. The jibe came at BJP when Election Commission of India’s data is suggesting PM Modi led BJP did not win 15 of 18 seats in which it held roadshows, rallies and campaigned widely. The three constituencies were Mumbai North and North West, and Satara.

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Other Lok Sabha constituencies where PM Modi and Bhartiya Janta Party campaigned widely includes Beed, Latur, Nashik, Mumbai North East, and Pune but these seats also went to the MVA parties, with Mr Pawar’s NCP finishing with eight seats while Ajit Pawar’s NCP managed just one.

Maharashtra’s opposition alliance, the Maha Vikas Aghadi – consisting of his party, ex-Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena faction, and the Congress – won 30 of the state’s 48 Lok Sabha seats in this election. On the other hand BJP managed to secure only nine seats in Maharashtra in contrast to the 23 seats it got in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Congress managed to improve the election performance by winning 13 seats this time and Shiv Sena contributed nine seats.

Maharashtra was one of the three states including Uttar Pradesh that gave the biggest blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the general elections 2024. This was the first Lok Sabha election after the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party split to team up with the BJP in June 2022.

In the same press conference Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Udhhav Thackrey declared that the doors are closed for all party members who have abandoned his faction and joined his rival Eknath Shinde.

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