NCP Chief Sharad Pawar in a no holds bar interview to Rajya Sabha TV has said that he is ready to sit with Congress in the opposition rather than join NDA if it comes to power. Discounting the Narendra Modi wave in the country, Pawar has side-lined all the poll projections which have given a thumbs up to the Narendra Modi led NDA government and obliquely hinted that media was manageable which is a sad aspect for a democracy.
He even said that it was difficult to accept Narendra Modi as a prime minister. Pawar who was on the campaign trail spoke at length on the Congress-NCP alliance saying that all was well between the two partners and media was trying to create a rift between the two. He also sounded confident of the Congress -NCP alliance coming back to Maharashtra in October, post assembly elections. NCP supremo said that he was not fighting the Lok Sabha polls because he wanted to build a second rung leadership in his party. Not mincing words, he said that NCP had many competent leaders and therefore it was not necessary that his daughter Supriya Sule or his nephew Ajit Pawar will take over the reins of the party.
On the question of his becoming the Prime Minister, Sharad Pawar deviated by saying that his first and foremost priority was to strengthen his party and improve its political relevance at the centre. Maharashtra is going to polls in its final round on April 24th which is mainly going to be Mumbai centric.
Anchor: Neelu Vyas