Indicating that there is no need for the opposition parties to worry about their prime ministerial candidate, NCP chief Sharad Pawar suggested that first let the present government may be defeated and later the party emerged as largest one in the Lok Sabha can claim the post of prime minister.
In this regard, he welcome the Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s clarification on prime ministerial ambition. ” I am happy that the Congress leader (Rahul Gandhi) has also said he is not in the race for the prime minister’s post,” he said at a party meeting in Mumbai.
Recollecting that NCP was formed after the 2004 general elections and dislodged the BJP-led NDA, formed in 1998, Pawar said in the same way in 2019 polls also his party will play such a role in formation of a new government.
Asserting that the next elections will be an ideological fight, he said that he has realised that there’s a risk to Indian state, to Indian way of doing things. He made it clear that he will “try to go to each state and make regional parties which are not with the BJP to join us (the opposition alliance)”.As the situation is different in each state, he said they need to get along with parties which are strong in each state.