The youth played a big role in this polls that led to Congress’ defeat, he said, adding, “The new generation.... have given a clear indication of their anger through ballot.
“They want leaders who are decisive about their stands and the policies that will benefit the people and do not hesitate to roll out such policies.”
The 73-year-old Maratha strongman did not take names, but it was apparent that the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) chief, who left Congress in 1999 to form his own party, was expressing his views on the current leadership of the UPA’s leading party.
He insisted that whenever there was a strong and decisive leadership, such forces never came to the fore.
“Take example of our late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. She was strong and decisive. She took bold decisions such as nationalization of banks or ending privy purses, which she implemented with conviction and firmness,” he said.
He said that the new voters played a big role in these elections. They wanted a change and parties that had the capability to bring about this change have been elected. This has been seen in case of both Rajasthan and Delhi.
Turning to the elections in the national capital, the NCP chief took a dig at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which had campaigned promising a corruption-free Delhi. “But the same class of people who built the illegal colonies wants them to be legalized. On one hand, the same class of people are responding and voting for AAP’s call for a corruption free Delhi and on the other hand, they are demanding that their illegal colonies be legalized. You will find such contradictions in Delhi,” he said. Pawar wondered as “to what was Arvind Kejriwal telling these poor and middle class people?”
“He promised that he would bring onion prices to half if voted to power. This is easier said than done. States cannot control these prices as they depend on demand & supply which largely depends on situations such as drought, availability of water etc.”
Besides, when prices of onions and other agricultural produce fall, “the same farmer suffers, but Delhi citizens still want cheap onions”, he said calling the national capital a “pampered” city.
“Though the AAP has benefited from such campaigning, today we have a situation when no one party can form the government at Delhi,” he said. Pawar said if AAP comes to power, “I would like to see them bringing down prices of onions, vegetables and electricity. Only then will the public know the truth about their campaign because the states really has no control over these prices.”
He said if a leader can be confident and decisive about his people oriented policies, then he will not have to contend with such new power centers. “But, for sure, people want result-oriented leaders,” Pawar said. (PTI)