Modi unlikely to become Prime Minister after elections: Sharad Pawar

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Updated: March 12, 2019 9:47:44 PM

Pawar said that the BJP in absence of majority might become the single largest party, but it will have to seek the help of allies to form a government and they will not get the desired PM.

Pawar added that the BJP in absence of majority might become the single largest party, but it will have to seek the help of allies to form a government and they will not get the desired PM.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the BJP may emerge as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha elections, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to get a second term in office.

“From what I can understand a little about politics, I can say that I don’t think Modi Ji will be the Prime Minister after these elections. I am not an astrologer but I think that they will not get the required number of seats,” news agency ANI quoted Pawar as saying.

Pawar added that the BJP in absence of majority might become the single largest party, but it will have to seek the help of allies to form a government and they will not get the desired PM.

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“I think BJP won’t get a clear majority, they’ll get less no.of seats. They might be the single largest party. After being the single largest party, they won’t have the desired PM. They’ll have to seek other parties help&if that happens they’ll have to look for a new PM,” Pawar said.

Moreover, the former Union minister said he will meet some regional parties across the country on March 14 and 15 in New Delhi, where further strategy of ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) will be discussed.

On Monday, Pawar had said he will not contest next month’s Lok Sabha election. The 78-year-old veteran politician had said as two members of his family are going to contest the polls, ‘somebody had to step back’.

Reacting to Pawar’s announcement of not contesting the polls, Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis had said the NCP leader “sensed the change in the air”, and decided to rethink on plans to contest Lok Sabha poll from Madha LS seat.

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On the chief minister’s remarks, Pawar said, “It is childish to call my decision as a defeat as I have won elections 14 times, including the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections that I contested so far. On the other hand, late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and (BJP veteran) L K Advani had tasted defeat.”

Soon after Pawar’s announcement, the ruling BJP and Shiv Sena claimed this was the victory of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the state.

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