Mumbai: Deputy Chief Minister and breakaway Nationalist Congress Party President Ajit Pawar has declared that in the 2024 elections, there’s “no alternative” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing his party’s maiden meeting here this week.
“There is no alternative to Modi in the 2024 elections… that’s the reality. Even Sharad Pawar Saheb has said this,” Ajit Pawer said.
He advised his uncle and NCP Founder-President Sharad Pawar, 83, not to remain adamant and given his senior age, should take rest and guide the party, as “he is our mentor and inspiration”.
Justifying his group’s decision to revolt from the NCP and join the Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance government, he said that all his supporters will benefit in various ways.
The rival NCP will be able to contest around 90 seats, many Lok Sabha seats, all the works stuck in the MLAs constituencies shall be now taken forward in full steam, other workers will be given other positions, and vowed that development backlogs in different regions would be taken up, without discrimination.
“We shall win more seats compared to 2014 or 2019. I have become the Deputy CM five times and I have made it clear that I want to become the Chief Minister… Why am I always being painted as a villain?” demanded Ajit Pawar.
He also said that it’s because of Sharad Pawar that the NCP did not get its own CM for so many years, and several opportunities were lost in the past, when he did not listen to the party and took a different stance.
Unfazed by NCP split, Sharad Pawar thanks Modi
Pune: Appearing cool after his nephew Ajit Pawar engineered a vertical split in the party last week, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar ‘thanked’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ‘blamed’ the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Addressing media persons, Pawar, 83, said that just recently, Modi had hurled allegations of corruption against the Congress-NCP.
“Today, his party has joined hands and sworn-in (as Ministers) some people from the same (NCP) party against whom Modi had pointed fingers. This means that Modi’s allegations were baseless and we are now ‘absolved’ of all the charges. I am thankful to him for this… I am happy for those facing enquiries who have taken oath today,” he said.