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Modi offered to work together but I refused, says Sharad Pawar

In 2016 Modi visited the Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune on an invitation from Pawar, he had praised the NCP chief as an example to others in public life

Mumbai: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed “working together” but he rejected the offer. On Monday Pawar claimed in an interview with a Marathi TV channel.

Pawar said “Modi had offered me to work together. I told him that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together,”.

NCP supremo dismissed reports that the Modi government offered to make him India’s President“. But there was surely an offer to make Supriya Sule a minister in the Modi-led cabinet,” he added.

Supriya Sule is Sharad Pawar’s daughter and a Lok Sabha member from Baramati, Pune district. Pawar had met Modi last month amid the dramatic developments over government formation in Maharashtra.

Narendra Modi always appreciated Pawar and made it a point not to launch a vicious attack against him during the Maharashtra election campaign.

Modi’s latest praise for Pawar came last month when he was speaking on the occasion of the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. Modi said other parties, including the BJP, should learn from the NCP on how to adhere to parliamentary norms.

In 2016 Modi visited the Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune on an invitation from Pawar, he had praised the NCP chief as an example to others in public life.

Prime Minister had said “I have personal respect for Pawar. I was Gujarat CM at that time. He helped me walk by holding my finger. I feel proud to pronounce this publicly,”.

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