- Pawar-Modi meeting was held on fractured mandate in Maharashtra assembly elections
- Pawar told, Modi had offered alliance
- Pawar said, ‘I told the PM in his office itself that it is not possible’
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was looking forward to a NCP-BJP coalition government in Maharashtra after a fractured mandate in the October 2019 Assembly elections. Pawar recounts his meeting with the PM on November 20, 2019 at the release of ‘Ashtavadhani’, a coffee table book launched by ‘Loksatta’ Marathi daily of The Indian Express Group.
‘Modi had given the cabinet offer to Supriya’
Pawar told how Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted the NCP-BJP to work together. He even offered to include his daughter and Baramati MP Supriya Sule in the Union Cabinet. Recalling the incident, Pawar said, “There was discussion about alliance. I told the PM in his office itself that this is not possible. I didn’t want to keep them in the dark.
Meeting was held in Parliament House, Malik was also present
Supporting the statement, National Spokesperson of NCP and Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said that it happened in Parliament House and he was also present then. Malik said, “Yes… there was a proposal from the PM and we discussed it in our party and decided against it… Then Pawar sahib conveyed it to the PM.” Pawar realized that the BJP’s offer might come as there were differences between the Congress-NCP at that time, but the Shiv Sena came forward for a three-party alliance.
I don’t leave work unfinished…
Asked whether the NCP chief had sent his nephew Ajit Pawar to form the 80-hour government three days after his meeting with the PM where BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as CM early in the morning . To this, Pawar quipped, ‘If it had happened, I would not have left the work unfinished!’
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said there was “complete transparency” when the three parties were finalizing the details of government formation. Raut said, ‘We all knew who was talking to what and with whom. We also knew what was happening on the Devendra Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar front. “The BJP had made this offer, but we know about it… In fact, they were desperate to come to power at any cost and were ready to join hands with any party… but,” Raut said. They did not succeed.’
However, Leader of Opposition (Council) Pravin Darekar said that some things must have happened due to political exigencies at that time, but wondered why the issue is being raised now. Pawar recalled that Thackeray changed his position because the BJP did not respect the consensus between them, and in the end the NCP decided to support the Shiv Sena chief as CM.
Pawar praised Modi
Giving full marks to Modi for working very hard to accomplish any task, paying attention to administration, implementing policies firmly in his own style, Pawar said, “Even if the problems of the people are not resolved, no one There will be no effect.
Pawar’s prediction on UP elections
With regard to the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Pawar predicted that there is a 50-50 chance for the BJP, as the way the PM has announced several projects indicates that the BJP is facing a dire situation there. may have to face.