NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday (Feb 19) criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for skipping the all-party meeting called by the NDA government in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.
Instead of attending the meeting over such a serious issue, Modi chose to address rallies elsewhere, the former Union minister said.
“An all-party meeting was called on Saturday…In fact we were told that PM Modi would chair the meeting. Presuming that Modi would attend the meeting, we all went to Delhi as it (the terror attack in South Kashmir) was an attack on the nation,” Pawar told the reporters.
“Upon reaching there, we came to know that PM was not there….when 40 CRPF jawans got martyred and there was a serious situation, the PM should have been present at the meeting, but he chose to address public rallies in Dhule and Yavatmal (in Maharashtra), where he criticized us (opposition parties),” he said.
Pawar was speaking to reporters after unveiling a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji on the premise of MIT World Peace University.
NCP chief also confirmed that he will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and ruled out the rumours of Ajit Pawar and Parth Pawar entering the political arena.
Sharad Pawar also added that the party members were insisting him to contest the upcoming polls from Madaha constituency in south-western Maharashtra.
Responding to the allegations that NCP chief is promoting a dynasty, Pawar said “Parth Pawar, Rohit Pawar and Ajit Pawar would not contest Lok Sabha polls”. But Sharad Pawar is contesting, he added.
Speaking over the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance which was announced Monday, Pawar said it was bound to happen.
“For the last few months, they hurled abuse at each other and now they are holding hands. But the people of the state are mature enough and know the politics behind it. The people will give a proper reply to those who cheated them,” he said.
(With PTI Inputs)