NCP chief Sharad Pawar has a plan to tackle the tricky issue of who will be the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.
Stating he was “happy” that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made it clear he was not driven by prime ministerial ambitions, NCP chief Sharad Pawar hile addressing workers on Monday said the aim should be to vote out the BJP and that any party in the Opposition getting the maximum seats after the 2019 polls could claim the top post.
“Let elections take place, remove these people (BJP) from power. We will sit together. Whichever party has got more seats can claim the prime minister’s post,” Pawar said. The 78-year-old also expressed happiness over Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s recent remarks that he was not driven by prime ministerial ambitions.
Happy Rahul Gandhi is Not in Race
“I am happy that the Congress leader (Rahul Gandhi) has also said he is not in the race for the prime minister’s post,” Pawar said. While addressing the Indian Journalists’ Association in London on Saturday, Gandhi said he was not driven by an ambition to become prime minister, contravening his own remarks earlier this year.
“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’s a risk to Indian state, to the Indian way of doing things and I’m defending that,” Gandhi had said.
On The Issue of EVM Tampering
On EVM tampering, Pawar asked the Election Commission to revert to using ballot papers during polling. Pawar said MNS chief Raj Thackeray met him yesterday and expressed “strong views” about the alleged misuse of EVMs.
Plannings For Elections!
“Congress is strong in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati-Akhilesh are there. Situation is different in each state. Hence, we will have to get along with parties which are strong in each state,” Mr Pawar added.
Pawar said he would “try to go to each state and make regional parties which are not with the BJP to join us (the opposition alliance)”.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Sanjay Khodke, who was expelled from the NCP in 2014, formally rejoined the party. Khodke was expelled for “anti-party activities” after he opposed party decision to field Navneet Rana as the candidate from the Amravati Lok Sabha constituency.
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