NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has said that he along with former Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and JD(S) patron HD Deve Gowda will tour the entire country ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
New Delhi | The responsibility to create an atmosphere in favor of opposition has been taken by the seniors in the fold. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar has said that he along with former Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and JD(S) patron HD Deve Gowda will tour the entire country ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. “I do not wish to be a Prime Minister. I do not think Sonia Gandhi or even Deve Gowda are interested in contesting for Prime Ministerial post,” said Sharad Pawar during an interview to a Newspaper. Talking about him being a Prime Ministerial contender, Pawar said, “My party will ultimately contest 30-35 seats throughout India. “I may get 50% maximum. With that number, if anyone dreams of becoming PM of this country he is quite away from reality,” said Sharad Pawar.
He also said that “Modi vs Who” factor will not play a major role as even in 1977 elections, there was no leader as tall as Indira Gandhi, despite that she lost. “There needs to be a mass movement on the lines of Jayprakash movement in 1977,” he said. He even said that the nation-wide opposition alliance is not a viable option but the opposition has to implement strategies state by state.” Asked about whether Congress- the largest party in opposition will agree to the proposition he said that the party should realize that the old days of Congress dominance are over. “The Congress will need to accept the days of its total dominance from Kashmir to Kanyakumari are over. I have spoken to Rahul Gandhi twice or thrice. And he is in a mood to realize this is the ground-level situation,” said Pawar.
He also indicated that in Maharashtra, Congress-NCP will fight together and try to get the like-minded parties in their fold. Sharad Pawar said having Mayawati’s BSP in state alliance will be a welcoming move. “I will be happy. Her association will pay dividends in the Vidarbha region,” said Pawar.
Sharad Pawar even threw light on the resource crunch faced by the opposition. He said the corporate sector is not ready to support the opposition because there is fear in them. “Resources will be a constraint, 100%, but if there is a mass movement, it won’t matter,” he said.