New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Training his guns at the BJP, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that political leaders should not take the voters for granted as some of the most powerful leaders of the country including Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee have tasted defeat in elections.

“In a democracy, you cannot think that you will remain in power eternally. Voters will not tolerate if they are taken for granted. Powerful leaders mass base with like Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had been defeated," Sharad Pawar said as reported by news agency PTI.

In the first part of the three-leg interview given to Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the veteran politician also criticised former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over his "Mi punha yein" (I will come back) claim during the last year's assembly polls and said that the voters considered this stance of him as arrogant and felt that they should be taught a lesson.

"It means that in terms of democratic rights, the common man is wiser than the politicians. If we politicians cross the line, he teaches us a lesson. Therefore, people do not like the stand that 'we will come back to power'," he said.

"No politician should take people for granted. Nobody should take a stand that he would return to power. People thought that this stand smacks of arrogance and hence feeling grew among them that they should be taught a lesson," Pawar said.

Pawar also said that that there was not an "iota of truth" in reports about differences in the three ruling allies - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - that are part of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). He said the change of government in Maharashtra was not an accident.

"People of Maharashtra voted in line of the sentiment prevailing in the country during the national elections. But the mood changed during the assembly polls. Even though BJP did well in the Lok Sabha polls, it fared poorly in assembly elections in different states. Even people of Maharashtra voted for a change," he said 

Replying to a query over his reported differences with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on the lockdown in the state, Pawar said, "Absolutely not. What differences? For what? During the entire period of lockdown, I have had excellent communication with the Chief Minister and continue to do so." Mr Pawar, who played a key role in bringing together the Sena, Congress and NCP for the formation of government in the state in November last year, said.

He blamed the media and said sarcastically that the news gathering activity had been hit by the coronavirus-induced lockdown and they had the responsibility to fill the pages of newspapers. "I have been reading reports of growing differences among the three allies, but there is not an iota of truth in that," he said.



(With PTI Inputs)

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