Former Deputy Prime Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that while the former is otherwise “alright”, but turns hysterical during elections. Addressing party workers in Daund of Pune district, referring to recent Modi’s comment that he was losing his grip over the party due to a rift in his family, he said that while his family is united, the country does not know whether the person (Modi) has anybody in his family or not.
However, he advised his party workers not to criticise anybody at the personal level. “I would like to tell you that do not criticise anybody at the personal level. When the prime minister of the country has taken up that responsibility, why should you get into that,” he said sarcastically.
The veteran politician also said he and Modi enjoyed “good relations”. “Everybody knows what he spoke about me in Delhi, in Baramati and at Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune. You know one thing about this man. Usually he is okay, but when there are elections, he turns ‘hysterical’ (angat yete) and he starts speaking anything, so there is no need to pay heed to that,” Pawar said in Marathi.
Addressing a rally at Hadapsar in the city, Pawar said maximum attacks on India have taken place when the BJP is in power. “The (Kandahar) plane hijack happened under the BJP government, so did the attack on Parliament in 2001. Similarly, the attacks on Akshardham temple (in Gujarat in 2002) and recently in Pathankot also happened when the BJP is at the helm,” he said.
Attacking the BJP, Pawar said the “56-inch chest” has failed to bring back Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian defence officer, who has been lodged in a Pakistani jail on charges of spying since the last 29 months, and is sentenced to death. The case is being heard by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Taking a dig at Modi, the NCP chief said the PM merely assures the citizens of setting everything alright, but still terror attacks are happening. “Looking at the current situation in the country, some experts are predicting that this would be the last election in this democratic country. I personally do not accept this. I know the people from Kashmir to Kanyakumari will not let this happen and they will not make mistake (of electing the BJP again),” he said.