Congress says BJP wants Ajit Pawar to rope in Sharad Pawar; ‘no clue,’ says Supriya Sule | Pune News

Maharashtra Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar said on Wednesday that PM Narendra Modi set a condition before Ajit Pawar that he should rope in Sharad Pawar if he wanted to become Maharashtra CM.

sharad pawarNCP chief Sharad Pawar at Parliament House complex during ongoing Monsoon session, in New Delhi, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan) (PTI08_03_2023_000231A)

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With Maharashtra Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar claiming on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi set a condition before Ajit Pawar that he should rope in Sharad Pawar if he wanted to become the chief minister of Maharashtra, NCP leader Supriya Sule denied knowledge of any such development and said that she has not received any offer from the BJP. The Shiv Sena (UBT) also denied the news.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told Ajit Pawar that if he wants his dream of becoming the chief minister to come true, then he should get Sharad Pawar on their side… And that is why Ajit Pawar seems to be repeatedly meeting Sharad Pawar and making desperate pleas,” Wadettiwar told television reporters.

“I have no clue about all this…,” Sule told The Indian Express on Wednesday. “I am too busy with my constituency work. Pawar saheb has already replied to such claims. He has already spoken about this… He is independent, he is capable of defending himself,” Sule added.

Asked about her reaction to the BJP efforts to rope in Sharad Pawar, Sule said, “My reaction is what my leader says…”.

Asked if she was happy the BJP was making such offers, Sule said, “I am ambivalent. I am indifferent because nobody has made any offers to me.”

Asked how she would react if BJP made an offer to her, Sule said, “I don’t react to hypothetical questions. I live in the real world.”

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Sunil Tatkare from the Ajit Pawar-led NCP rubbished the claims as “ridiculous”. “I don’t want to talk about what the two leaders discussed as it is their family matter. When we joined hands with BJP, neither it (BJP) nor we had set any condition. We have joined hands for the sake of development of the country and the state,” he said.

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan told The Indian Express, “A couple of days ago, I had said that Sharad Pawar was being offered a cabinet rank post by the BJP… This was based on some information that I got from my sources but I have not yet verified it.”

Sanjay Raut, chief spokesperson for Shiv Sena (UBT), said, “Who is Ajit Pawar to make an offer to Sharad Pawar? He is nobody. He won’t dare make any such offer.”

First published on: 16-08-2023 at 13:48 IST

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