Rain-soaked Sharad Pawar addressing a rally in Satara, admitting he made “mistakes” in the Lok Sabha election earlier this year. This image of Sharad Pawar – telecast on national channels, published in newspapers and shared widely on social media – became iconic in the Maharashtra Assembly election. The grit and determination of Sharad Pawar ensured his resurgence in Maharashtra politics.
The Satara rally on October 18 had come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in the same district. PM Modi had targeted Sharad Pawar saying that he had chickened in contest during the Lok Sabha election and did not put up a candidate at Satara knowing it was futile.