Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar predicted on Tuesday that BJP become the single largest party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, but even so, Narendra Modi won’t be the Prime Minister this time.
“I don’t think that Narendra Modi will become PM again as the BJP will not get the required number in the elections. However, the BJP may emerge as the single largest party which cannot form the government without the support of other political parties,” ANI quotes Sharad Pawar. He further said that even if other parties join hands with BJP and form the government, the alliance would be looking for some other person as Prime Minister Candidate.
Pawar, who had retired from active politics in 2012, announced a comeback in last February. However, on Monday, he clarified that he has changed his mind and therefore will not be contesting in the Lok Sabha election this time. The former Union Minister who has never lost an election till date, He hinted that he is taking a backseat for younger generation in his family. His last contest was in 2009, which he won with a margin of over 3 lakh votes from Madha constituency.
When asked about some regional parties going away from the Congress and NCP alliance in Maharashtra, Pawar said, “I appreciate the PWP for extending support to the NCP in the Lok Sabha election. NCP has also held talks with the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS) for seat-sharing, but the farmers’ front has some expectations from the Congress as well. It will be decided by these two parties.” TOI reports.
Pawar also reportedly said that he will be meeting some regional parties in Delhi on coming days this month and move the discussion for a Mahagathbandhan or ‘a grand alliance’ further.
In Maharashtra, the Lok Sabha polls will be conducted in seven phases from April 11th and results will be announced by May 23rd.