Taking a swipe at Sharad Pawar,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi says the NCP supremo has been hoodwinked by Congress on the issue of Prime Ministership by blocking his chances after making a Maharashtrian as the country’s President.
Hitting the campaign trail here for the BJP-Sena poll combine in Western Maharashtra considered the Maratha strongman’s strongholds,Modi sarcastaically said that Pawar who has spent many years in Congress failed to understand the strategies of that party to keep him out of the race for the top post in the UPA.
The Union Agriculture minister,who was in neighbouring Ahmednagar for poll rallies,too targeted Modi branding him a frontline leader of communal forces in the country and held him responsible for destroying lives and families of hundreds of people in Gujarat thus maligning the image of that state.
Referring to recent statement by Pawar that a Maharashtrian should get an opportunity to become the prime minister,Modi told an election rally here last night that by making Pratibha Patil,a Maharashtrian,as the President Congress employed a shrewd ploy to sideline the NCP president shutting doors on his Prime Ministerial ambitions.
The seasoned politician in Pawar,however,failed to gauge the Congress game,Modi added.
In a sarcastic vein,Modi said,”if Pawar had any substance,he should at least see to it that a Maharashtrian becomes captain of the Indian cricket team.”
Targeting Modi,Pawar said,”this communal leader has come to Maharashtra (for campaigning) but people of this state would never accept his ideology that divided the society.
“We love Gujarat of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel”,he said as he appealed to voters to remove the poisonous “weed” of communal thoughts from the state,” Pawar added.