Lok Sabha elections 2019- Sharad Pawar never said not ready to become PM: NCP’s MP
A day after the conclusion of the fourth phase of the general elections, senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon on Tuesday said NCP chief Sharad Pawar has never said he is not ready to become prime minister but has only maintained he is not in the race for that position.
Memon said Pawar is the most acceptable face in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and should be chosen unanimously for the PM post, in case the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) does not come back to power.
“Pawar never said he is not ready. He has always maintained that he is not in the race. But I am sure when such a situation arises he will take up the responsibility and will not run away,” Memon said.
Memon, a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from the NCP, is considered close to Pawar.
Pawar had taken the lead in bringing the opposition parties together for the general elections against the Narendra Modi government. Memon’s statement comes two days after Pawar said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati would be the top contenders for the PM position, if the NDA fails to get a clear majority.
Pawar did not mention Congress president Rahul Gandhi as one of the possible contenders.
“Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati didn’t like Congress either and without Congress, UPA will not be able to get the magic figure to form its government. Rahul Gandhi himself has said that he is not in the race for the PM post. In such a scenario, I believe he (Pawar) is the most acceptable face among the opposition parties,” Memon said.