Pune: Sharad Pawar on Sunday hit out at the Election Commission for its decision to allot the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) name and symbol to the Ajit Pawar-led faction of the party. He accused them of “snatching” the party from the hands of its founders and giving it to others. He also described the act as “surprising.”
Programme and ideology important, says Pawar
The senior leader further said that ideology and programmes matter more for a party, than any symbol. He said that a symbol is useful for only a limited period. Speaking to party supporters in Pune he expressed confidence that people will not support the ruling of the Election Commission. He also said that he has already approached the Supreme Court regarding the decision by the EC and asked for a review.
The Election Commission had recently allotted the party name NCP to Ajit Pawar-led faction of the party and also granted the clock symbol to him. Thus the faction led by junior Pawar was recognised as the real NCP.
Such a thing has happened in this country before, Sharad Pawar said describing the EC’s decision as wrong. He founded the NCP in 1999 after breaking away from the Congress party. At the time the party was granted a symbol of 2 bullocks. In fact Pawar recalled that he had contested his first election on that symbol, and tried to drive home the point that symbol dies not matter.
The Election Commission in response said that its decision to award the name and symbol to Ajit Pawar faction was based on the laid-out tests of maintainability of such a petition which included tests of aims and objectives of the party constitution, the test of party constitution and tests of majority, both organisational and legislative.
The Commission gave the name ‘Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar’ to the Sharad Pawar-led faction. The case however is now in court and it remains to be seen what decision the Supreme Court makes on the matter.