NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said he will try to bring back RJD, SP and LJP, which have fielded candidates against Congress, to the UPA and claimed that the coalition may require the support of Left parties to form a Government.
Pawar, who cast his vote in his home constituency Baramati, said he will hold discussions with leaders of RJD, Samajwadi Party and LJP, which are contesting against Congress in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, back into the "umbrella of UPA". He told a TV news channel, "We may require the blessings and support of the Left (parties)."
“Election and selection of leader will be done collectively by the UPA,” Pawar said in reply to a question on whether Manmohan Singh will be the prime minister after the polls.
Asked about the UPA partners contesting elections separately, Pawar said: “Those who have been together in the UPA might be contesting separately but after elections we will sit together. We want to work under the umbrella of the UPA.”
Pawar didn't rule out an alliance with the Left parties. Asked about the question whether the Left parties were untouchables as considered by the Congress Pawar replied: "I don't think so."
Lalu Prasad, leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal, another UPA member, also said in Patna Thursday that the UPA would form the next government and "if we fall a bit short, we have kept open a window for the Left".
The NCP is contesting Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra in alliance with the Congress party. While Pawar is contesting from the Madha Lok Sabha seat, his daughter Supriya Sule is fighting from Baramati.
(With IANS inputs)