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Maharashtra's Dynasty Tug-of-wars: Power Struggle In Pawar Clan, Thackerays In A Legacy Bind

Maharashtra's two political dynasties—the Pawars and the Thackerays—face a determined and fierce contest from a powerful second rung, which could topple any succession plan.

The patriarch: Sharad Pawar Photo: Getty Images

Several years ago, at a public rally in Pune, an old man stood up and shouted “Sharad Pawar ki Jai”. Pawar, who was addressing the gathering stopped his speech mid-way and stared hard at the old man, who continued to chant the slogan. Several minutes went by. Suddenly, the leader uttered a name and asked the old man if he had identified him correctly.

The old man was thrilled and replied in the affi­r­mative. As he was about to sit down, Pawar publ­icly reminisced about a campaign, when the same man had fed him jowar bhakris and raw onions as a snack. The memory triggered tears in the eyes of the old man and earned Pawar a thunderous applause. Such is NCP chief, former Maharashtra chief minister and former Union minister Sharad Pawar’s people-connect that few can emulate.

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