Revealed: Pawar wanted agri ministry, Fadnavis' removal; Modi didn't budge

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS): To support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in forming the government in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar had placed two conditions before the saffron party.

First, he wanted the agriculture ministry for his daughter Supriya Sule, who is active at the Central level, and second, he wanted someone other than Devendra Fadnavis to become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned down both the demands.

Sources in the BJP told IANS that the party thought that if it decided to offer the agriculture ministry to the NCP, the Janata Dal United (JD-U), its ally from Bihar, will demand for the railway ministry. In this situation, despite having the mandate, the BJP would loose two big ministries.

Pawar with Modi - File photo

As far as the second demand of Pawar is concerned, the sources said the party was never ready to replace Fadnavis as the Chief Minister, mainly because he successfully completed the five-year tenure without any controversies and allegations.

Apart from this, the party contested the elections with Fadnavis as the CM face and even the Prime Minister, while addressing the party workers from the BJP headquarters on October 24, had announced him as the Chief Minister. Hence, it was difficult for the BJP to accept this demand from the NCP supremo.

The sources said that Pawar had sent a message to the BJP, Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah expressing his demands. This was the reason why Pawar didn't make any strong remark against the BJP after the results of the Maharashtra Assembly elections were out.

Since there were no positive signals from the BJP on his demands, the NCP chief had a 45-50-minute long meeting with Modi in the Parliament on November 20. But Modi didn't agree to his demands during the meeting.

On November 22, Sharad Pawar's nephew and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar offered support to the BJP. It was said that Ajit Pawar had the backing of around 30-35 MLAs who were ready to support the BJP.

It was also speculated that Sharad Pawar gave his tactical consent to his nephew's move but afterwards he took to Twitter to deny the alliance of the NCP with the BJP.

"Ajit Pawar's decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

We place on record that we do not support or endorse this decision of his," Sharad Pawar had tweeted.

If sources are to be believed, Sharad Pawar was hoping that the BJP will agree to his demands as it was left reeling in the state after the Shiv Sena broke the alliance, but this didn't happen. Finally, he decided to form the government in alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Congress.

Sharad Pawar was aware that the move will be beneficial for him because his decision to side with the Sena will earn him the title of 'modern day Chanakya', while had he gone with the BJP, he would have got a say in the Central government too.

Dilip Deodhar, RSS ideologue from Nagpur, told IANS, "There was a buzz about Sharad Pawar's demands in the Sangh, but Modi's denial was more than that. Since the farmers' issue is one of the main matters in the state, the agriculture ministry would have been the best bet for the NCP. Sharad Pawar had earlier served as the agriculture minister.

"Secondly, Fadnavis was the choice of Modi so there was no question of replacing him. When Sharad Pawar finally understood that the BJP will not agree to his demands, he decided to ally with the Sena and the Congress."



Comment on this article

  • pesh almeida, Manipal

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    I need BJP Mukth India.
    Dont think that Im a Congress man....I dont mind whoever rule the country other than BJP.

    Reason is, PM Modi will devastate the Indian economy miserably.

    Look at the GDP down to 2%...Horrible. One fine day, India may not be existing in International Market Trade.

    Modi or Sitharaman...either of them don't know how to improve this state...Horrible

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  • RaAm, Kudla

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    Only Economy is down in Modi 2.0 rule.
    If CONgress gets power they will make sure everything goes down one by one starting with the Security.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Dec 1 2019

    Dear Pesh Almeida, Manipal,
    Your wish to see the back of Modi and Nirmala is perfectly fine. You are entitled to have an opinion. By same token, you should propose an alternative which is better than them and the motive behind your proposal. Without that, your comment and wish will just have nuisance value.

    India is silently going through turmoil in various sectors.
    1. Real-estate - Too much speculation coupled with Government participation (2010 ~2015) to increase the guidance value has resulted in permanent bubble. Without the bursting of bubble, any correction and return back to fundamentals of economics is not immediately possible. It is now a waiting game, which will take a very long time, wherein inflation, rupee depreciation, and higher wages (and whence affordability) alone will lead to boom.
    2. Automobile Industry - The oxygen for this industry primarily came from Real-estate boom and IT industry. Both are currently in trouble. IT industry is undergoing a phase wherein reskilling and new scenario arising out of technology change needs to be adapted. This takes time.
    3. Agriculture - This sector benefited due to consumption. This sector also will face some effect of slowdown. However, our 1.2 billion population means that a certain degree of sanity will always be maintained.
    4. Banking - The real culprit. Bankers' credibility is worst hit at this time. They did not follow due process and non-performing assets of the past will haunt for a long time to come. Added to this, the slow down in other sectors will impact profitability. India is also slowly moving toward credit based economy and this is an added burden on the economy. Household debt will rise due to incompatible ambitions coupled with rising aspirations of middle class (read: rampant misuse of credit).

    I can go on, but now tell me, how changing Modi and Nirmala will help overcome the above, and who is that messiah that can arrive at stage and pull the rabbit out of the hat.

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    This triangular govt may collapse within a year due to difference of opinion amount them

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  • myna, Mysuru

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    For those in Karnataka this narration on Sharad Pawar seems to be true. We had a similar experience in JD(S) which pulled down the then Congress Govt., of Mr Dharam Singh and made Kumaraswamy as the CM with BJP Support on a 50:50 term sharing which was later denied by the JD(S). This brought the BJP sympathy from the people. Its not surprising that Sharad Pawar would like to see his daughter in a position of power at the Centre and manipulate the State Govt., politics too.

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    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    Good that bjp is not created news that pawar want pm post , these are ullo banaving tactic by bjp

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    ..all this cooked-up story ...bjp

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi /Udupi

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    That means, modi asking for support, once he get support he want his planns to should be accepted by supporter..wooow well done Powar.

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  • AD, Mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    The grapes are sour for the BJP and hence these stories ..

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  • Lancer, Mudarangadi

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    Its just fake. Just trying to do damage control.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    In Politics there are no Enemies & no Friends, Money is the only Criteria ...

    DisAgree [5] Agree [35] Reply Report Abuse


    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    This is temporary setback to BJP. BJP will be back just wait.....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    India has gone behind by 50 Years ...

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Fri, Nov 29 2019

    This shows bjp never compromise from its policy. For now hindus are safe.

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  • Willie Menda, Bangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2019

    Hindus were safe in the past and will be safe in future too without BJP

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