Nawab Malik says that Uddhav Thackeray has become insecure hence he is issuing statements against Narendra Modi.
The political scene is heating up ahead of the Lok Sabha election as political parties have started indulging in blame game activities. This time it was the Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray’s turn to take potshots at National Congress Party president Sharad Pawar by stating that the latter has his feet planted in two camps. On the other hand, the NCP retaliated by saying that Shiv Sena is frustrated hence they are issuing such irresponsible statements to gain political mileage.
When AV contacted NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik and asked him about the statements issued by UddhavThackeray he said, “Shiv Sena has become insecure hence they are issuing such irresponsible statements to malign the party’s image. Sena is aware that it will fare badly in the Lok Sabha election hence they are adopting these gimmicks to gain an upper hand over their opponents.”
Nawab Malik said that NCP will remain associated with UPA, “Sharad Pawar is agricultural Minister so he has to interact with other minister. If Pawar has a meeting with NDA leaders it doesn’t mean that he will join NDA. NCP is a part of UPA and it will continue to be a part of it.”
On the other hand, Shiv Sena MLA Diwakar Raote defended his party and said, “First NCP need to ask Sharad Pawar why he is trying to become an opportunist? Everytime he issues different statements like a joker. Shiv Sena is in politics to work for the welfare of the common man.”
In a press conference held at Uddhav Thackeray’s residence, he said,” Pawar is a politician who stands on two stones. He was exploring option of a post-poll alliance with NDA. But Shiv Sena opposed his move to join NDA after which the NCP chief did a U-turn on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s alleged role in Gujarat riots.”
Uddhav also questioned about the meeting held between Sharad Pawar and Narendra Modi. Why did Pawar deny meeting Modi initially when he had already met him?
“When reports of Pawar’s meeting with Modi surfaced, the NCP leader defended it by saying that he did not meet a terrorist. But when Shiv Sena opposed having NCP in the ‘Mahayuti’, Pawar remembered the Gujarat riots,” Uddhav said.
Pawar, had recently said there was no need for a debate on the 2002 Gujarat riots after courts had ruled on Modi’s role during the communal conflagration. But, he later took a U-turn and targeted Modi for “mass murder”.
Uddhav criticized Pawar stating that he has failed to do justice as a agriculture minister as Maharashtra has witnessed the highest number of farmers’ suicides and is lagging behind other states in development.
“Why is Pawar interested in cricket? Why is he contesting MCA polls and staying away from Lok Sabha elections?” Uddhav asked.