Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar and BSP president Mayawati's opting out of the Lok Sabha polls is a clear indication of a certain victory for the NDA, the Shiv Sena said Friday.
It also claimed Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would spoil the game for the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, reasoning the vote bank of the Congress and Mayawati is similar.
In an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', the NDA constituent said Mr Pawar and Mayawati not contesting was a sign that the road was clear for Narendra Modi to return victorious as Prime Minister.
"Along with Sharad Pawar, Mayawati too has decided not to contest Lok Sabha polls, the importance of which is that they are out of the prime ministerial race," the Sena editorial said.
Quoting Mayawati, it said she wants to campaign for her party's candidates across the country, hence she chose not to contest herself.
However, the editorial reasoned, the BSP has presence only in Uttar Pradesh, and, therefore, the decision to opt out meant she was running way from a fight. Mr Pawar has sought a similar escape route from Madha Lok Sabha constituency, it claimed.
Taking a swipe at the NCP chief, the Sena said Mr Pawar is trying to unite the entire Opposition but couldn't bring his own family and party members on the same page and therefore had to opt out.
"Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil's decision to leave the NCP and join the BJP is a big blow for Pawar. It will stop the second hand of the NCP's clock, which is anyway running slow," the Sena said sarcastically.
On Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, it said, "In 2014, Dalits and Yadavs had voted heavily for PM Modi and not a single candidate of Mayawati could win. This scare haunts her even today. Priyanka's 'tourism' visits are getting good response and there is a fear in Mayawati that the Congress leader will spoil her prospects from wherever she decides to contest," it said.
The editorial went on to claim that Mayawati's prime fear is the Congress and not BJP and one of the reasons for her not contesting is Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's foray in active politics.
"Neither Sharad Pawar nor Mayawati is contesting. Therefore, two people who dreamt of being Prime Minister are no more contenders. This proves the mettle of the NDA," it said.
Mr Pawar and Mayawati's decision is a clear indication that the road for PM Modi is clear and the NDA's win is certain, the Sena said....