Mumbai : The Maratha warlord and the NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Monday revealed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested “working together” during his meeting with him in Delhi but he rejected the proposal.
Talking to a private news channel, Pawar also accepted that reports on cabinet berth being offered for his daughter Supriya Sule were true. Reacting to the offer of the Prime Minster he said, “I told him (Modi) that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together.”
The Maratha strongman dismissed reports that Modi government offered to make him India’s President. “But there surely was an offer to make Supriya a minister in the Modi-led cabinet,” he added. Sule is Pawar’s daughter and a Lok Sabha member from Baramati in Pune district.
The NCP chief had met Modi last month in Delhi amid the dramatic developments over government formation in Maharashtra. Modi has always praised Pawar and made it a point not to launch a vicious attack against him during the state election campaign. Modi’s latest praise for Pawar came last month when he was speaking on the occasion of 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. Modi said other parties, including the BJP, should learn from the NCP on how to adhere to parliamentary norms.
On Ajit Pawar’s support to Fadnavis-led government, he said, “When I came to know about Ajit’s support to Fadnavis, the first person I contacted was Uddhav Thackeray. I told him what happened was not right and gave him confidence that I will crush this,” Pawar said.
He also said not swearing in Ajit Pawar when Uddhav Thackeray took oath as CM on November 28 was a “conscious decision”, prompted by the NCP leader’s sudden support to Devendra Fadnavis, who became CM only to quit three day later after Ajit Pawar resigned as deputy CM.
The NCP chief pointed out that when all in NCP loyalists came to know my support was not there for Ajit’s action, almost all who deserted the party again returned to home, including Ajitdada. “I later told him (Ajitdada) what he did was unpardonable. That anybody doing so will have to bear the consequences and you are no exception,” he further said.