Pune: Amidst rising voices against announcing Sangli-boy Vishwajeet Kadam’s candidature for the Pune LS seat, NCP President and union minister for agriculture, Sharad Pawar in a public rally on Monday asked if Vishwajeet Kadam is considered an outsider in Pune, how can Modi become a local of Varanasi? Addressing a public rally at Natubaug Ground in Shukrawar Peth, Pawar hailed Kadam as the leader for tomorrow. Apart from Kadam and Pawar, Minister Patangrao Kadam, NCP city unit president and Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan, Mayor Chanchala Kodre and others were present at the event.
Pawar addressed three public rallies for Kadam’s campaign on Monday in Pune. Retaliating to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s criticism of importing a candidate for Pune from outside, Pawar said, “Lokmanya Tilak hailed from Konkan but settled down in Pune and led the freedom movement from Pune. S M Joshi, Mohan Dhariya, Kakasaheb Gadgil, who contributed at the national level after settling down in Pune, were originally from Konkan. Do we consider them as outsiders too?”
Praising candidate Kadam, Pawar said, “Vishwajeet was born in Pune and Modi is terming him as outsider for contesting election in Pune. What can we say about Modi, when he is contesting in Varanasi? I am reminded of my first election, when I was picked up by the late Y B Chavan, and I also was state youth wing president, just like Vishwajeet. I became the chief minister four times, since I got an opportunity at a young age, as is the case with Kadam. Whether it is Kadam, Supriya Sule, Devdatta Nikam or Rahul Narvekar, we have given candidature to those who can lead tomorrow at the national level.’