PM Modi wanted us to work together, said not possible: Sharad Pawar

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed “working together”, but he rejected the offer. Pawar said he made it clear to PM Modi that it won’t be possible for him to work together.

“Modi offered we work together. I told him that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together,” Pawar said.

Pawar dismissed reports that the Modi government offered to make him India’s President. “But there was an offer to make Supriya (Sule) a minister in the Modi-led cabinet,” he added.

Supriya Sule is Pawar’s daughter and a Lok Sabha member from Baramati in Pune district. Pawar had met with PM Modi in Delhi last month amid developments over government formation in Maharashtra.

PM Modi had praised Pawar last month when he was speaking on the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha, where he said some parties, including the BJP, should learn from the NCP on how to adhere to parliamentary norms.

In 2016, when PM Modi visited Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune on an invitation from Pawar, he had praised the NCP chief as an example to others in public life. “I have personal respect for Pawar. I was the Gujarat Chief Minister that time. He helped me walk by holding my finger,” PM Modi had said.