Pawar erred by fielding ministers, says BJP leader Munde

NCP chief Sharad Pawar made a "big mistake" by fielding several ministers of his party for the Lok Sabha polls as people got a chance to vent their anger against them and the party, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde today said.

PTI| Last Updated: May 16, 2014, 16:30 PM IST

Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar made a "big mistake" by fielding several ministers of his party for the Lok Sabha polls as people got a chance to vent their anger against them and the party, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde today said.

"Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP candidate trailing from Nashik) and Sunil Tatkare (NCP nominee from Raigad) were not keen on contesting the polls but Pawar fielded them.

"People got a chance to vent their angst over corruption and non-development against Pawar`s party and men," said Munde, who is leading by over 22,000 votes against NCP minister Suresh Dhas from Beed.

NCP candidates are leading in three of the 21 seats the party has contested.
The Sharad Pawar-led party has 8 members in the outgoing Lok Sabha.

"I had predicted over 35 seats for the Mahayuti (NDA) alliance. We look set to win over 40," Munde said.

"NCP tried to corner me in every poll. They said Munde won`t be there in 16th Lok Sabha. I want to tell them that I will be in 16th as well as 17th Lok Sabha," the BJP`s deputy leader in Lok Sabha said.

Asked if he would be inducted in the Narendra Modi-led government, Munde said, "the party will decide. It is not for me to comment." Meanwhile, Munde dedicated the stellar performance by BJP to the people of the country and top party leadership.

"Besides common people, the credit for this historical victory goes to the able leadership of our prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, party national president Rajnath Singh and senior leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and Sushma Swaraj," Munde said in Parli Vaijnath town in his home constituency.

Munde said that strong alliance among various constituents
of `Mahayuti` secured win for BJP in Maharashtra.
"Moreover, people have reposed faith in NDA. Actually people wanted a mega change in governance," said the deputy leader of BJP in Lok Sabha.

He said that inflation proved as a major bane for Congress-led UPA at Centre and Democratic Front government in Maharashtra.
Munde said that upcoming Assembly elections will also be fought together by `Mahayuti` which comprises five constituents.