With the Opposition all set to raise the issue of price rise in the Budget session of Parliament from Monday, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Saturday that he is ready to "face the attack".
"Parliament session starts next week and I know that many Opposition leaders would be targeting me on the sugar price rise, but I am a good player and ready to face the attack," he said, addressing a rally in Osmanabad.
Pawar said his NCP will help MP Padamsinh Patil, whom the party had suspended from primary membership last year following his arrest in a murder case, whenever he needs it.
"Padmasinh Patil is a worker who has helped the party since its formation and whenever he will need help, the party will stand by him," the NCP chief said.
Interestingly, Pawar visited Kasegaon village for a function. While returning to Osmanabad, Pawar asked Patil to accompany him in his car and both travelled together.