Opposition first remove Modi and then decide PM: Sharad Pawar

Opposition first remove Modi and then decide PM: Sharad Pawar

Courtesy : Mumbai Bureau29/08/2018 09:56

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar today suggested that the Opposition parties should not project anyone as the prime ministerial candidate before the 2019 Lok Sabha election. He also claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has echoed his suggestion.

Pawar addressed a meeting of NCP's core committee at Y.B. Chavan Pratishthan in Mumbai today. He understood their opinion and planned out a roadmap on the party's poll preparations.

A source in NCP said that Pawar is in favour of the Opposition unity at state level instead of the national level. Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "strong competitor" he insisted that the Opposition should dethrone the BJP from power first and then decide its PM candidate.

"Let the elections take place. Remove these people (BJP) from power first.Then we will sit together. Whichever party gets more seats could claim the PM's post," the source quoted Pawar as saying."I am happy that the Congress leader has said he is not in the race for the PM's post," he reportedly added.

Later while talking to the reporters Pawar said, "BJP is asking us who will be the Opposition's PM candidate. They should not bother about an option to Modi. People will answer this question in the election."He recalled that there was no PM face against Indira Gandhi in 1977, after the Emergency but all small parties got united and Morarji Desai became the PM.

Again in 2004, BJP had asked the same question that who would be against then PM the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. They ran the campaign 'India Shining' but United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came in power and remained in power for 10 years. "Modi's propaganda is also like India shining," Pawar said.

The source said that Pawar's emphasis on alliance at regional level has been at the core of the NCP's agenda. He has indicated that he will try to get all parties those are not with the BJP on board.He has been advocating joining hands with the DMK in Tamil Nadu as he sees the rise of DMK though it is in the Opposition today. He pointed that situation is different in each state.

While the Congress is strong in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, SP and BSP are crucial in Uttar Pradesh. "We will have to get along with parties which are strong in each state," he told the NCP core committee.

The former Union Agriculture Minister, however, did not consider Shiv Sena as a possible ally citing differences over ideological issues.

Interestingly, Gandhi has said that he was not driven by an ambition to become the PM. "I don't have these visions. I view myself as fighting an ideological battle and this change has come in me after 2014. I realised that there is a risk to Indian state, to Indian way of doing things and I am defending that," he had said.

 

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