NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed him to “work together” during the recent political crisis in Maharashtra, but he had refused the offer.
Pawar disclosed this in an interview with a news channel ABP Majha. The NCP chief said that he had told Narendra Modi that he has good relations with him, but their “working together was not possible”.
As per media reports, Pawar’s daughter and Baramati MP Supriya Sule got offered a ministerial berth in the Union Cabinet, and there was speculation that Sharad Pawar was even offered the President’s post.
After the Shiv Sena split from its long-time ally BJP over the issue of rotational Chief Minister, the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress had started discussions on a common minimum program. But during the discussion, Pawar had met the Prime Minister, raising speculations for a NCP-BJP alliance.
However, it was Pawar who took the initiative for the Sena-NCP-Congress government and even convinced Congress President Sonia Gandhi to join the coalition.