Pune: Admitting that the Bharatiya Janata Party will be the single largest party in the Parliament after the Lok Sabha elections, Union minister for agriculture Sharad Pawar on Friday said that the BJP would win 4-5 seats more than the Congress in this election.
He was speaking to mediapersons after a function organised to mark the 55th death anniversary of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil in Satara. Pawar also gave away awards to meritorious students of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha.
Pawar said that he was not talking about NDA or UPA but BJP that would emerge as the single largest party. He, however, made it clear that even if BJP wins 4 to 5 seats more than the Congress, it was for the Congress to take an initiative in going for bigger coalition as it is national party. He said that a coalition government was inevitable.
When asked about the statements made by a few Congress leaders that Congress was ready for supporting the Third Front and whether such statements were indicative of Congress accepting defeat, Pawar said, “I have heard Congress vice-president (Rahul Gandhi) saying something different. I don’t think that Congress or any party would accept defeat since last phase of voting is yet to be held and results are not yet out.”
While replying to a question as to whether there was a Modi wave in the country, Pawar said, “I don’t think so but there is a Modi wave in the media. For the first time, I have seen that only one leader is being projected by the media and the entire media is doing his meetings live whether he goes to South or North. It was not so in any of the earlier elections and that is the reason I feel that media has taken a stance to project Modi.”
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has stated that all options including regional parties were open for him to form the Government. When asked as to whether he would join hands with BJP, Pawar said, `NCP is the constituent of United Progressive Alliance UPA and it would remain so.
We would not go with BJP or Modi.' Reacting to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's statement that regional parties should be banned from contesting Lok Sabha elections, Pawar said, `each individual has right to express his opinion in democracy.' Reacting to a question on issue of Dalit atrocities in Maharashtra, Pawar said, `I have spoken to Home Minister R R Patil and he is taking the necessary measures but such incidents need to be avoided.'