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Voters confused as Pawar plays double game

Voters confused as Pawar plays double game

Author: Pioneer News Service
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 13, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/168984/Voters-confused-as-Pawar-plays-double-game.html

People in Orissa appear to be confused over the double game Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar is playing in the elections. He neither wants to lose the support of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi nor the support of BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik. He wants to take both of them in the same boat and lends his weight behind one of them who comes out with flying colours in the election.

On April 8, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Pawar shared the dais with Naveen Patnaik, CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury, and senior CPI leader Abani Baral at Naveen Niwas. He even backed Naveen and described him as honest, successful and deserved to lead the State for the third consecutive time. In return, Naveen went on bashing the Congress- led UPA for neglecting the cause of the Orissa for the last several years in which NCP is an alliance partner.

Significantly, in the next 48 hours on April 10, Pawar was seen hobnobbing with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in one of the election meetings at Vidharba in Maharashtra. In that meeting, Pawar also made it clear that he had no plan to tie up with the Left. Pawar even went ahead in heaping praises on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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