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    Magic number of 145 can be crossed only if MVA allies stay together: Pawar

    May13/ 2022

    Mumbai: Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday termed as 'ridiculous' state Congress president Nana Patole's recent 'backstabbing' remark directed at the Nationalist Congress Party. Hitting back at Patole, senior NCP leader Pawar wondered whether the Bharatiya Janata Party, too, should accuse Patole of backstabbing it as he had quit the saffron party to join the Congress in 2018. Addressing media persons in Mumbai, Pawar said that while speaking, responsible leaders should ensure that their statements are not misconstrued. Pawar also said that in the given situation in the state, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress can cross the magic figure of 145 in the 288-seat Maharashtra assembly only if they are together. Rumblings in the Maha Vikas Aghadi camp came to the fore on Wednesday with Patole accusing ally NCP of being a "backstabber", a day after the Sharad Pawar-led party joined hands with rival BJP in Gondia zilla parishad elections, keeping Congress away from power. Patole had also said that the Congress high command will be apprised of the 'machinations' of the NCP of the last two-and-a-half years in the party's forthcoming Udaipur conclave. "Nana's statement is ridiculous. You all know he joined the Congress after quitting the BJP. So, should the BJP allege that he backstabbed it to join the Congress?" Pawar asked. He said there could be differences among leaders of the two parties at district-levels, and added that such issues won't arise if there is coordination among the MVA constituents. "To give some examples, we all know the Congress had tied up with BJP at some taluka and district levels (in the past). I don't want to give much importance to it. But responsible leaders should while speaking take care t ...

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