A day after Sharad Pawar’s NCP rejected the talks of him replacing Congress president Sonia Gandhi as UPA chief, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that his party will support him if such a proposal comes to the fore officially.
“We will be happy if (Sharad) Pawar sir becomes UPA chairman. But I have heard that he has personally refused it. We will support him if such a proposal comes to the fore officially,” Raut was quoted as saying by ANI.
The Shiv Sena leader, an ally of the Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra, further said that the grand old party has become weak now and that the opposition needs to come together and strengthen the UPA.
Raut also said anything can happen in politics, and said that the former Union minister is capable of a bigger national role and has “all the capabilities” to lead the country.
“Pawar has vast experience, knowledge of the issues before the country and knows “the pulse of the people”, the Rajya Sabha member was quoted as saying by PTI.
NCP rejects speculation over Pawar helming UPA
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday rejected as baseless media speculation that its chief Sharad Pawar may head the UPA.
NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said there are unsubstantiated reports in the media regarding Pawar taking over as the chairperson of the UPA.
“The Nationalist Congress Party would like to clarify that there is no discussion within UPA partners regarding any such proposal. The reports appearing in the media seems to be have planted by vested interests to divert the attention from the ongoing farmers’ agitation,” Tapase said.
Source: Times Now