Sharad Pawar, one of the key interlocutor of the opposition, has suggested a formula to tackle the thorny issue of Prime Ministership.
The party getting the maximum number of seats in 2019 polls would claim the post, Mr Pawar said the underscoring that she was “Happy” that Congress chief Rahul Gadhi has made it clear the he was not rushing for the top job.
Let elections take place, remove these people from power. We will sit together whichever party has got more seats can claim the premier minister’s post, Pawar said.
And I am happy that the Congress leader has also said he is not in the race for the Prime Minister’s post, he said in party meeting.
Pawar pressed for forging alliances f anti BJP parties at state level and favour picking up the prime ministerial candidate after the election results, as happened after the 1977 and 2004 general polls.
Raising concerns over the alleged instances of EVM tampering, Pawar asked the Election Commission to revert to using ballot papers during polling.
Pawar’s remarks comes a day after the Congress president said he was not driven by an ambition to become PM.
Gandhi said that, i don’t have these visions, i view myself as fighting as ideological battle and this change he come in me after 2014. I realized that there is a rishk to Indian state, to Indian way of doing things and I am defending that.
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that there was no vacancy for the post of PM in 2019 on Saturday. the united opposition front should start worrying about the 2024 elections, as Modi faces no challenges in 2019, he had said.
Pawar recalled how parties came together in a post poll arrangement to dislodge incumbent parties from power in 1977 and 2004. In 1977, Congress tasted defeat and non-Congress parties had come together to form government led by Moharaji Desai.
Congress led UPA was founded in 2004 after the elections against the Atal Bihar Vajapayee led NDA.
Similarly , Narendra Modi is a strong competitor, but don’t worry, the common man of this country is more aware and smarter than us, Pawar said.
In UP, Mayawati-lead BSP and Samajawadi party headed by Akhilesh Yadav are strong, he said.
Situation is different in each state, hence we will have to get along with parties which are strong in each state, Former Union Minister added.
When asked if the MNS would be part of the anti-BJP alliance, Pawer said this issue has not been discussed.
Pawar said MNS chief Raj Thackerary met his yesterday an expressed “Strong view” about the alleged misused of EVM.
Pawar said that, there is substance in what he says, he insisted the parties should take a stand on this.
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)