As the Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute case next month, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said “some forces” may try to take advantage of the situation and create fissure among communities.
“The Ayodhya results will be announced soon and it’s a matter of faith… whatever the judgement is, we have to make sure that it is accepted and peace prevails everywhere… no two communities should have fights. Communal harmony should be maintained. There are chances that some forces might take advantage of this, but it is important to be calm and accept things,” he said.
He made a pitch for ensuring peace among all sections of the society.
“When we get such support in elections responsibilities will increase more. In this state, the condition of farmers is not good. They have faced many losses due to droughts and floods and we will have to take care of the same. The economic state is poor and we need to work on that as well. 50 per cent factories are shutting down. Thousands of people are losing jobs. All these factories should be reopened. People should get their jobs back, I want our MLAs to do it,” he said in a rally.
“In Mumbai, most of the people travel by local train. But every day so many people lose their lives. I appeal to our MLAs and all workers to work very hard for the people,” he said.
Speaking on the issue of Article 370, he said, “370 is fine, but there are so many important issues. Whenever asked about farmers’ issues they (BJP) talk about 370, industries are shutting down but they talk about 370. They just keep talking about 370. We speak about jobs, they keep speaking about 370.”
Pawar also said the party needs to play the role of a strong opposition given the response it received from the people in the October 21 elections.
The former Union agriculture minister asked the party leaders to highlight the crisis in the farm and industrial sectors.
Pawar also stressed the need to expand the 20-year-old party’s base in urban areas.
The NCP won 54 seats in the recently-concluded Maharashtra Assembly polls.