Pawar advises Thackeray to better concentrate on BMC elections and move ahead

New Delhi: The Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP) chief and political stalwart Sharad Pawar suggested his alliance partner Uddhav Thackeray to accept the new symbol and concentrate on the BMC elections instead of getting indulged into the symbol issue.

NCP National media coordinator Navin Kumar said here that Mr Pawar is a seasoned leader and based on his experience has suggested Mr Thackeray to better concentrate on the BMC election accepting the new symbol allotted to his political party by the election commission.

Describing Mr Pawar as an icon of politics  in Maharashtra and as an important pillar in national politics, Mr Kumar said that the NCP chief avoids personal comment on any political leader or ruler party.

Mr Pawar suggestions on any issue including peasants movement or on the tension over border issues either with China or Pakistan had always been in the  interest of the nation, Kumar said adding that the suggestions of the NCP chief was mostly accepted.
Mr Kumar said that the NCP chief has once again made a practical suggestion to Uddhav Thackeray regarding the Election Commissions recent decision which recognised the Eknath Shinde-led faction as the real Shiv Sena, and awarded it the original bow and arrow symbol. Loss of bow and arrow will not make any difference to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena as people will accept its new poll symbol, he quipped.

While making the suggestions, Mr Pawar  referred to a similar situation which the Congress led by Indira Gandhi came across in the year 1978 as she too had to pick a new symbol which had no damaging consequences.

Similarly, Uddhav Thackeray faction of Shiv Sena would remain unaffected with the ECs decision, said Mr Pawar adding that "once a decision is given, there can be no discussion. Accept it, take a new symbol. It is not going to have any impact." The people will accept the new symbol (of the Uddhav faction)," Mr Pawar maintained.

Mr Kumar said that the NCP leader has suggested Uddhav Thackeray to better utilise his energy in the BMC elections instead of indulging into any debate on the symbol issue.