In a major show of Pawar Power, NCP has managed to rope in the newly formed third front comprising of 16 factions of the Republican Party of India (RPI). Ramdas Athavale, Rajendra Gavai, Jogendra Kawade of RPI had recently announced the creation of a third front to fight Maharashtra 2009 assembly elections against BJP-SS and Cong-NCP.
The decision is seen by many as a boost to chances of NCP as it plans to play a bigger role than the Congress in the upcoming polls. National Congress Party (NCP) now has the support of Republican Party of India, the Left, Peasants and Workers Party as well as Samajwadi Party, and it’s still almost a month and a half left to the elections. The third front does have the power to take away the minority and dalit votes and as such, NCP can easily gain over its rivals BJP-SS as well as make some inroads into its partner Congress’s vote share.