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‘Sharad Pawar is speaking half-truth’, says BJP; Sena differs, says saffron party was desperate to form govt

🔴 Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “They (BJP) were trying to establish a contact with different people, including Ajit Pawar and our people.”

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: December 31, 2021 10:31:37 am
‘Sharad Pawar is speaking half-truth’, says BJP; Sena differs, says saffron party was desperate to form govtNCP chief Sharad Pawar.

A day after NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made an offer for an alliance with his party after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections, the state BJP unit on Thursday said Pawar “was speaking only the half-truth… according to his convenience”.

“What Pawar said was only the half-truth… And he is speaking as per his convenience,” state BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhaye told The Indian Express Thursday.

Upadhaye said party leader and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had already spoken about what transpired during those days. “We do not wish to speak about the episode again,” he said.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Loksatta editor Girish Kuber at the launch of the book in Pune on Tuesday. (Express photo: Ashish Kale)

At a book launch in Pune Wednesday, Pawar, during a conversation with Loksatta Editor Girish Kuber, said that PM Modi had made an offer to him for an alliance with his party after the 2019 Assembly election results. Pawar said he had rejected the offer.

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Responding to Upadhaye’s comments, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said, “Since Sharad Pawar is saying it, then it has to be true.

During that time, BJP had become desperate to form the government in Maharashtra. They were trying to establish contact with different people, including Ajit Pawar and our people (Sena leaders). I was aware that Pawar had received the offer (from BJP) and he had also spoken to us about this. At that time, we were not hiding anything from one another. There was nothing secret about… who was meeting and holding discussions, we knew everything. There was transparency among us and BJP was probably not aware of this. Because of this transparency, they could not form the government.”

Along with Pawar, Raut is considered one of the architects of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, which came into being after the Shiv Sena approached the Congress and NCP about forming an alliance. The Sena had earlier ended its decades-long alliance with the BJP in the state after the two parties fell out over who would get the chief minister’s post.
Praveen Darekar, opposition leader in the state Legislative Council, said: “Whatever happened between the two leaders, only they know of it. Let’s not dig out the past. The MVA government is now in place. Alliances happen in politics, there is nothing new about it.”

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