Sharad Pawar should join NDA to contest Presidential election: Ramdas Athawale

"We will support him (Sharad Pawar) if he fights as an NDA nominated candidate, but he should not contest as a UPA candidate," said Ramdas Athawale when asked about presidential elections.

By: PTI | Thane | Published: May 30, 2017 1:58 pm
Ramdas Athawale, Sharad Pawar, Presidential elections, President nomination, India news, Indian Express Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale. (File Photo)

Union minister Ramdas Athawale has stuck to his position that if NCP chief Sharad Pawar was keen on contesting the presidential election, he should join the National Democratic Alliance. Athawale’s comments, made at Dombivili in Thane on Monday night after similar remarks last week in Nagpur, come against the backdrop of Pawar’s name being earlier discussed by the Opposition camp for the presidential post. Athawale, a veteran politician from Maharashtra, had also said that he would not be contesting the polls.

When reporters in Thane asked the Union Social Justice Minister on who should be the next president, Athawale said, “This decision lies with the NDA. If Pawar wants to become the president, he should join the NDA.” He also said that Pawar shares a good relation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“If a ‘Marathi manoos’ becomes the president, (I) will be happy,” said the chief of Republican Party of India (Athawale), an ally of BJP. To another question, the Union minister said Pawar may not become the candidate of the opposition parties.

During an interaction with reporters in Nagpur on Saturday, Athawale said, “Only the NDA candidate will win the election. Pawar shares a good relation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he should discuss with the PM and BJP president Amit Shah about his candidature. We will support him if he fights as an NDA nominated
candidate, but he should not contest as a UPA candidate.”

On the recent controversy involving Maharashtra minister Dilip Kamble over his remarks against journalists, Athawale said, “Journalists are our friends. They have a right to ask questions.” At an event in Hingoli last week, Kamble, the state social justice minister had said, “Journalists write anything for money and they should be thrashed with shoes.”

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    Rabi Mishra
    Jun 2, 2017 at 11:16 am
    Sharad Yadav is a third rate person. He is totallu unfit to become the President of India either as an UPA or NDA candidate. Similarly, Draupadi Murmu -- totally unfit.
    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      May 30, 2017 at 4:32 pm
      No He is not the RIGHT candidate to hold the post of President of India and he is UNFIT and also he was one among the scamsters and looters of the Nation under the corrupt UPA rule both at the Centre and in Maharashtra. Also he is one of the collective looters of BCCI and it is because of him and his involvement in Cricket the BCCI is rotten and now it is being monitored through SC appointed committee which speaks volumes of his in-capabilities !!!