NCP failed to reach out to the people: Pawar

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 24 May 2019

“The BJP scored an impressive victory in the election and I accept the mandate. We failed to reach out to the people on national issues. Last time, the BJP won all seats with a big margin, but this time, there were no such situation. We expected that the BJP will do well in certain states, but did not expect “such a big victory” for the saffron party across the country,” Pawar said.

MUMBAI: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday accepted the defeat in the Lok Saba poll and also accepted that the party had failed to reach out to the people. 

Pawar said that the Maval seat was not easy to win for the NCP. He said that he did not withdrew from Madha for Parth and NCP did not expect victory from Maval seat. 

“The BJP scored an impressive victory in the election and I accept the mandate. We failed to reach out to the people on national issues. Last time, the BJP won all seats with a big margin, but this time, there were no such situation. We expected that the BJP will do well in certain states, but did not expect “such a big victory” for the saffron party across the country,” Pawar said.

“Doubts were indeed raised (about EVMs). But I don’t want to blame the machines now since the result is out. Once the verdict is out, it has to be accepted gracefully and I am accepting it gracefully,” Pawar said.

“We were expecting to win 15 seats. We did not make mistakes while campaigning, but the power centres of the regional parties was limited to their respected states and we failed at the national level,” he said.  He added that this result will not influence forthcoming Assembly polls.

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