NCP President Sharad Pawar during a press conference in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, on August 20. February 16, 2023 | Image credit: PTI
As the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) cast doubt on the recent meetings of National Congress Party (NCP) head Sharad Pawar with his grandson Ajit Pawar, the NCP patriarch on Wednesday denied announced on being offered by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as Union Minister. ) instead of abandoning the Indian Opposition and MVA, and allied with the BJP.
“I have publicly said that no political issues were discussed at that meeting. [with Ajit Pawar] There isn’t any such discussion either [on the offer of a post in the central Cabinet]. I don’t know what anyone is saying about it. There is no political discussion. I have never denied that the meeting never took place, but as the head of the family, I speak to all the family members,” he said. Pawar told reporters in Sambhajinagar.
He added that while there were rumors that his MVA allies, the National Assembly and Shiv Sena (UBT) led by Uddhav Thackeray, were planning to run for office without his NCP faction, it was true. The economic situation is quite different, rejecting the proposals of the National Assembly-Sena. (UBT) has a “plan B” to compete with its NCP team.
The head of the NCP with his nephew, Deputy CM and rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar in Pune on August 13 at the residence of businessman Atul Chordia during the uncle-nephew duo’s fourth meeting since their meeting. fourth meeting of the uncle-niece duo since the meeting between grandfather and grandson. Ajit Pawar splits the NCP on July 2.
While Mr. Ajit Pawar has denied the meeting is “secret”, Pawar’s senior has repeatedly clarified his NCP faction will never ally with the BJP even though his nephew is affiliated with the Shiv Sena government led by the BJP- Eknath Shinde leads in the State.
Although Mr. Sharad Pawar’s excuses, his repeated meetings with his grandson upset Parliament.
Senior MP and former Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, during the meeting on August 13, Mr. Ajit Pawar has apparently passed on to Pawar’s senior level the offers made by the BJP to attract him as well as his daughter and congressman, Supriya Sule, to the top positions at the Centre.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Maharashtra and Leader of Parliament Vijay Wadettiwar alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a condition before Mr. Trump left. Ajit Pawar that he will be made Prime Minister of State only if his uncle sided with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
“It is believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made this condition to Ajit Pawar that he can only become CM if Sharad Pawar comes to the NDA. other, his [Ajit Pawar’s] The dream of becoming a CM will always be just a dream. Therefore, it is possible that Ajit Pawar is meeting his uncle many times to draw him to his side,” he said. Wadettiwar said.
The National Assembly leader further alleged that even after splitting the two parties – the NCP and Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray faction – the BJP still felt the need for a tall leader like Sharad Pawar to appeal to the masses. towards them.
Rejecting statements from the Congress, Dr. Sharad Pawar said he didn’t pay attention to “remarks from people who were less able”.
Grandfather. Sharad Pawar added that if Ajit Pawar faction intends to use his photos for protests and hoarding, then he will take legal action against them.
The head of the NCP said his faction was in danger of losing its party emblem and said he had sent a reply to the Election Commission of India regarding the matter.
“Looking at the decision made regarding the controversy within the Shiv Sena (whose voting symbol was given to the rebel faction led by Eknath Shinde), the same issue of loss of expression could arise. our party statue (clock). But I don’t care about the symbols because I’ve run based on various electoral symbols before and won,” he said. Sharad Pawar said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sharad Pawar launched a bombardment attack on Mr. Modi, says that the troubles in the northeast have nothing to do with him and that the Prime Minister is only interested in winning elections.
The head of the NCP, who recently shared the stage with the Prime Minister for the Lokmanya Tilak award in Pune, has predicted Mr Modi will not return to power after the 2024 election.
“The current domestic political scenario is not favorable for Narendra Modi. I have no doubt that he will not return as Prime Minister in 2024,” he said. Sharad Pawar said, remarking that the BJP regime only increases bitterness among communities and increases social divisions.
“I was hoping that the Prime Minister would talk about Manipur in his August 15 speech, but it seems to be a suggestion from [ex-Maharashtra CM] Devendra Fadnavis by saying he will be back in 2024. He doesn’t care about the northeast but cares about how he will come back. The Prime Minister spoke about Manipur for three minutes outside Parliament and just five minutes in his speech against the motion of no confidence. Manipur is on fire, there are daily atrocities against women, but the Modi government is merely a dumb spectator,” he said.
Grandfather. Pawar also accused the BJP of overthrowing the State governments in Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and taking power.