Union agriculture minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar took to Twitter on Sunday to launch a fresh offensive on Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) prime minister nominee Narendra Modi, saying 'someone' in the country was dreaming of becoming the next Hitler.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar gestures while he speaks during an interview at his residence in Breach Candy, Mumbai. (HT Photo/Kalpak Pathak)
Pawar, who had recently said Modi needed treatment in a mental hospital for talking about a Congress-free country, wrote on the micro-blogging site, "Someone is dreaming to become Hitler in this country. We shouldn't allow such forces to succeed. We must foil his attempt..."
Pawar's salvo came within a fortnight of Modi addressing two back-to-back rallies in the drought and hailstorm-hit Vidarbha region of Maharashtra where he blamed the NCP leader for being "unable to save" farmers.
Turning the heat on Modi, Pawar wrote on Twitter, "We want to give 50% reservation to women in legislature. BJP leaders always made fun of it in private. How will they run this nation...?"
The NCP and ally Congress, in their manifestos for the 2014 elections, have batted for women's reservation. The BJP's manifesto too pledges 33% reservation for women in Parliament and assemblies.
Pawar also took a dig at Modi's knowledge of history — another issue that has generated heated discussions in the run-up to the elections.
"According to NaMO, Gandhiji launched Quit India Movement from Wardha.... Thank god he didn't say that it was launched from Ahmedabad...!" the NCP leader said in another tweet.
Pawar, whose party is in alliance with the Congress and sharing power in Maharashtra since 1999 and is a part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre for the past 10 years, had recently said the BJP would emerge as the single largest party after the elections.
Around two months ago, rumours about Pawar meeting Modi had triggered a buzz of new equations in the run-up to the general elections.