The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has devised a new formula to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Polls and suggested a formula to decide the prime ministerial candidate of the Grand alliance consisting of opposition parties.
Pawar suggested that the opposition parties should not project anyone as the prime ministerial candidate before the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Rather,Whichever party gets the maximum number of seats in 2019 polls would claim the post. He also claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has echoed his suggestion.
“Let elections take place, remove these people (BJP) from power. We will sit together. Whichever party has got more seats can claim the prime minister’s post,” Pawar said. “And I am happy that the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has also said he is not in the race for the prime minister’s post,” he said at a party meeting in Mumbai.
Pawar addressed a meeting of NCP’s core committee at Y B Chavan Pratishthan in Mumbai and devised a roadmap on the party’s poll preparations.
His remarks has come a day after the Congress president said he was not driven by an ambition to become prime minister. “I dont have these visions. I view myself as fighting an ideological battle and this change has come in me after 2014. I realised that there’s a risk to Indian state, to Indian way of doing things and I’m defending that,” Rahul had said.
At the Mumbai meeting, Pawar reminded NCP leaders that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), formed after the 2004 General Election, had dislodged the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), formed in 1998.
Pawar said, “BJP is asking us who will be the Opposition’s PM candidate. They should not bother about an option to Modi. People will answer this question in the election.”
He recalled that there was no PM face against Indira Gandhi in 1977, after the Emergency but all small parties got united and Morarji Desai became the PM.