‘Still Here’: Sharad Pawar’s Response To Praful Patel's ‘Was 50% Ready To Ally With BJP’ Remark

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Last Updated: April 11, 2024, 18:13 IST

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NCP leader Praful Patel and NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar. (Image: News18)

On Wednesday, speaking with ANI, Praful Patel had claimed that Sharad Pawar was "50 per cent" ready to go with the BJP when his nephew Ajit Pawar took oath as the deputy chief minister in the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra

Responding to the claim made by Praful Patel, a leader of the rival ist Congress Party (NCP) faction led by Ajit Pawar on Sharad Pawar being ’50 per cent’ ready to join hands with the BJP last year, NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar said he was still with his party and the claim was not true.

“Who went there and who stayed? From the day he is referring till today, what is the situation?…Did I go anywhere? No…,” Pawar said, told news agency ANI on Thursday.

Mumbai: On Praful Patel’s claim that ‘Sharad Pawar was 50% ready to join hands with BJP in 2023’, NCP-SCP chief Sharad Pawar says “Who went there and who stayed? From the day he is referring till today, what is the situation?…Did I go anywhere? No…” pic.twitter.com/W7o7zWUK63— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2024

The chief spokesperson for NCP (SP) Mahesh Tapase said that Patel’s remarks were a “deliberate attempt to sow confusion amongst the electorate.” “Sharad Pawar firmly rejected any notion of supporting BJP, both in principle and action.

On Wednesday, speaking with ANI, Praful Patel had claimed that Sharad Pawar was “50 per cent” ready to go with the BJP when his nephew Ajit Pawar took oath as the deputy chief minister in the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra.

“On 2nd July 2023, when Ajit Pawar and our ministers took oath with Maharashtra government, we met Sharad Pawar on 15th-16th July and requested him to join us. Later, Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar met in Pune. He was also 50 per cent ready…Sharad Pawar always hesitates at the last minute,” Patel told ANI.

“In 1996, if Pawar saheb had agreed to the suggestions of HD Devegowda, then he could have been the PM. Sharad Pawar could have been PM in 1996 itself if he was not hesitant,” Praful Patel said. NCP (SP) chief spokesperson pointed out that the recent closure of cases exposes the true motives behind Ajit Pawar group’s alignment with BJP, dispelling any notion of genuine developmental intent.

Poulami Kundu

Poulami Kundu is a senior copy editor with News 18's general news desk. She hails from Guwahati and has over five years of experience in print and dig

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