Indicating that unexpected leader would be lilkely to be the next Prime Minister, NCP chief Sharad Pawar today predicted that the current situation in the country was similar to the one in 2004. He said that there will be change in government in Delhi and Maharashtra. Stating that no single party can provide an alternative, he ruled out the possibility of Narendra Modi returning as prime minister after the Lok Sabha polls. He recalled that nobody thought Manmohan Singh would become the prime minister, but he gave a stable government for 10 years.
He also said that it may not be possible for Rahul Gandhi to be emerged as a prime minister candidate even after elections. “During all my interactions with Rahul Gandhi so far, I realised there was no insistence on being the PM candidate face, but only change of the present government,” he added.
He said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s stature in the BJP and the country was much bigger than Modi. Expressing confidence that still there was a change and there is never a vacuum in politics, he felt there will be an alternative even now.
He also ruled out the possibility of a national level pre-poll opposition alliance for the 2019 general elections, but said he was trying to bring the non-BJP parties together on a common platform in a bid to defeat the ruling NDA. He said that any party in the Opposition getting the maximum seats after the Lok Sabha polls could claim prime ministership if the Modi government is unseated.
Asked about Modi government’s performance, Pawar said people’s expectations from the present dispensation were not fulfilled. Modi was a strong leader for the BJP, but not for the country. he added.