Sharad Pawar, NCP president, said it was “unfortunate” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had consistently targeted him in poll meetings across Maharashtra over the last two days.
“It does not behove a Prime Minister to stoop to such levels and make these kinds of personal attacks. There should be some decorum in campaigning,” he told HT. The BJP does not seem to have constructive programmes to offer to the people of Maharashtra, and therefore felt the need to hit out at personalities, Pawar added.
“Why is the country’s PM addressing so many rallies for a state Assembly election?” Pawar asked and said the BJP was “not confident” of its own prospects in this election.
In his poll speeches in the state, Modi pointed to farmers’ suicides during the past few years as a government failure and asked what Pawar, as the country’s agriculture minister, was doing when farmers in his home state were forced to commit suicide.
There has been speculation the BJP and NCP may form a post-poll alliance. “This is not the correct picture. If it was, there would not have been such an attack on me. He [Modi] is not attacking the Sena and said he won’t,” Pawar said.
Incidentally, NCP leaders, particularly former deputy CM and Pawar’s nephew Ajit, carried out a personal attack against former CM Prithviraj Chavan since the parties broke their alliance.