Pawar escapes mishap, Party workers panic

Published: 06 December, 2011 08:28 IST | Priyankka Deshpande and Krunal Desai |

As boom barricade misses NCP chief's head by whisker, 500 supporters rush towards him to see if he's okay

As boom barricade misses NCP chief's head by whisker, 500 supporters rush towards him to see if he's okay

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was saved by a fraction of a second when a boom barricade came crashing down and just missed his head at his residence in Modi Baug building on Ganeshkhind Road 

Unmanageable:  Despite Sharad Pawar's repeated requests to his 
supporters to stay calm, party workers went out of control at the Modi 
Baug building after the near-miss. Pic/Krunal Gosavi 

Pawar was returning home after an interaction with his party supporters when he was swamped by more than 500 supporters of the Nationalist Congress Party, who became uncontrollable. Pawar was accompanied by city party city chief Vandana Chavan, Mayor Mohan Singh Rajpal and NCP leader Ankush Kakade. The crowd of over-enthusiastic party workers was concerned about the leader's health since he visited the city for the time after he was attacked by Harvindar Singh on November 24 in Delhi.  
The whole episode took place in the evening when Pawar came to the campus of the Modi Baug building to meet the party supporters. The supporters had been gathering since the past two hours, only to catch a glimpse of the leader. With full-throated slogans of Pawar saheb aage badho (Go ahead Pawar Sir) the workers began pushing each other and taking pictures of Pawar. 

This enraged the leader, who repeatedly kept requesting the workers to remain calm. But the party supporters were in no mood to listen to anyone and continued to shout slogans. Ranjit Pardeshi the NCP organisational secretary said,  "Apart from the party workers, there were several aspirants who wanted to contest the upcoming civic polls, adding to the huge number people gathered there." Even though Pawar was initially angry with the fellow party workers, he left only after addressing the crowd, Pardeshi added. The residents of Modi Baug building were troubled because of the traffic caused by the uncontrollable crowd.  

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