Raking up another controversy, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed "working together" to form a government in Maharashtra. The revelation of NCP chief came up in an interview with a Marathi TV Channel on Monday.
PM Modi also offered a central cabinet spot for daughter Supriya Sule if NCP helped to form government in Maharashtra, Pawar said. But Pawar rejected both the offers from Modi.
Sharad Pawar, who crafted the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance that came to power in Maharashtra last week, said he had turned down Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised NCP chief Sharad Pawar last month when he was speaking on the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha.
"PM Modi offered that 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," Mr Pawar said in an interview to a Marathi TV channel on Monday.
Mr Pawar dismissed reports that the Modi government had offered to make him India's President. "But there was an offer to make Supriya (Sule) a minister in the Modi-led cabinet," he said.
Supriya Sule is a Lok Sabha member from Baramati in Pune district. Mr Pawar had caused a huge buzz when he met with PM Modi in Delhi last month at the height of political activity and realignments over government formation in Maharashtra. PM Modi had also praised Mr Pawar's party in parliament during a debate on the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha.
Mr Pawar said not swearing in his nephew Ajit Pawar when Uddhav Thackeray took oath as Chief Minister on November 28 was a "conscious decision". "When I came to know about Ajit's support (to Fadnavis), the first person I contacted was Thackeray. I told him what happened was not right and gave him confidence that I will crush this (Ajit's rebellion)," Mr Pawar said. "When all in NCP came to know my support was not there for Ajit's action, those five-10 (MLAs) who were with him, there was pressure on them," he said.