Sharad Pawar , NCP Chief and the architect of the NCP – Shiv Sena – Congress alliance Government in Maharashtra that took charge under Uddhav Thackeray, has come out with a big revelation.
In an interview to a regional channel , Pawar claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given him an offer to ‘work together’, which he refused reported PTI.
Pawar’s statement came against the backdrop of the Shiv Sena dumping its ally Bharatiya Janata Party for rejecting its demand for rotational chief ministership and joining hands with the NCP and Congress to form a government in Maharashtra.
“Modi had offered me to work together. I told him that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together,” Pawar said in report by CNN – IBN .
Pawar however, dismissed reports that Modi government offered to make him India’s President. “But there surely was an offer to make Supriya (Sule) a minister in the Modi-led cabinet,” he added.
Modi told me that my political experience would be helpful for him to run the government. We both share similar opinions on some national issues, hence he made the offer,” Pawar said.
The NCP chief further said he had assured the prime minister that his party would not oppose each and every policy of the Centre for the sake of opposition.
“Despite sitting in opposite rows in Parliament, I will not oppose you for the sake of opposition. My cooperation will be there whenever needed,” Pawar claimed to have told Modi.
There was lot of speculations when during the Maharashtra imbroglio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sharad Pawar for nearly 50 minutes in parliament o discuss farmer’s distress. Many media reports had said there was more to it than farmer’s issue in this meeting.
Now with Pawar’s statement it is clear that BJP indeed reached out to the Maratha strongman but things did not fall in place.