Months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised NCP chief Sharad Pawar on the latter’s bastion of Baramati, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday called for replication of “Baramati model” for development of the country
“The country would require thousands of cities like Baramati for the progress of the economy,” Jaitley said while speaking at the renaming ceremony of Vidya Pratishthan’s College of Engineering in Baramati on Saturday. The Prastishthan belongs to Pawar family.
In February this year, Modi had addressed a farmers rally organised by Pawar in Baramati. Speaking at the rally, Modi had lauded the Maratha strongman and had talked about their friendship. “Sharadrao has years of experience and he knows more than I do. It’s my responsibility to seek his guidance when I am faced with an issue,” he said. The prime minister’s comments had come just four months after the state elections. When Modi had hit the campaign trail for the state elections, he was acerbic in his criticism of Pawar and had asked voters to end the “Ghulami of Pawars.”
Jaitley’s comments on Saturday came days after a public fracas between the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena. Sena had criticised the PM for expressing his distress after Sena activists had allegedly thrown black ink on Sudheendra Kulkarni for organising a book release programme for former Pakistani minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai.
The finance minister’s comments and his visit to Baramati, however, did not elicit any adverse comments from Shiv Sena spokesperson MLC Neelam Gorhe. “Vidya Prathisthan is a social organisation and there is no politics in this visit. They have been calling eminent personalities to Baramati before this also,” she said.
Jaitely, referring to the talent pool that India, said the global population was going down. Developed nations, would require trained minds to manage their economies. “Institutes like these an help in shaping young minds in specialization and technology. They have to excel all over the world,” he said. He also said the strength of Indian diaspora could be seen at every event of the prime minister across the world.
Earlier, Pawar lauded the Bajaj family for its contribution to the freedom movement and setting up industries for the development of the economy.