PM Modi queried if BJP, NCP can work together: Sharad Pawar
"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. Pawar dismissed reports that Modi government offered to make hi...
“I was about to get up from the meeting and the PM said, ‘we can work together, I would be happy’. I told him, ‘our personal relations are good and it would continue to be, but we working together is not politically possible’. The PM told me that our views were not different and that on many issues like development, industrialisation, agriculture, we were not different.”
Pawar also said not swearing in Ajit Pawar when Uddhav Thackeray took oath as CM on November 28 was a conscious decision prompted by Ajit’s sudden support to Devendra Fadnavis. “When I came to know about Ajit's support, the first person I contacted was Thackeray. I told him what happened was not right and promised him that I would crush the rebellion. When everyone in NCP came to know that Ajit did not have my support, there was pressure on those 5-10 MLAs who were with him,” he said.
The NCP chief said he was not aware if anyone in his family spoke to Ajit Pawar to make him reverse his decision to support Fadnavis. “But all in the family felt what Ajit did was wrong. I later told him what he did was unpardonable. And whoever it was had to bear the consequences, and he was no exception. However, there is a big section which has faith in him. He gets things done.” Pawar said that the early swearing in of Devendra Fadnavis was because Ajit had put a condition to the BJP that he would join the government if the swearing in was done immediately. He also said that he had convinced Congress president Sonia Gandhi of supporting the Shiv Sena and gave instances of Sena’s support to the Congress, including the Emergency.