Mumbai, Jan 11 (PTI) NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said talks are on with “like-minded parties” to jointly take on BJP in next month’s Goa Assembly elections.
“NCP leader Praful Patel and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut are talking with local Congress leaders there,” Pawar told reporters.
There is a common thinking that BJP should be defeated there and talks are in progress with like-minded parties, he said.
“Our desire is that parivartan (change) is needed in Goa. There is a need to oust BJP from power there,” he said.
On Trinamool Congress’ alliance with MGP in Goa, Pawar said, “They spoke to MGP and they spoke to our people. And the discussion is on to take other people and fight the elections jointly.” The NCP chief said his party will contest ensuing elections in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Goa. NCP will contest five seats in Manipur with Congress and tie up with Samajwadi Party in UP elections, he said.
“BJP would like to contest the elections on communal lines but I am confident that the voters will not accept it,” Pawar said.
On claims of security lapse during of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab visit, Pawar said, “The post of prime minister is an institution and security is the responsibility of the Centre and the state and necessary care needs to be taken.” On Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya quitting the state cabinet to join Samajwadi Party, Pawar said, “Maurya made a new beginning. Every day some new faces will ‘migrate’ in the run up to the voting.” The NCP chief said he will participate in a meeting called by Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav.
There will be change in Uttar Pradesh, Pawar said, speaking on the fate of the Yogi Adityanath government in the north Indian state. “People need change,” he added.
Pawar slammed Yogi Adityanath over the latter’s “80:20” remarks. Yogi Adityanath has called the UP election an “80 versus 20 battle”, in a highly controversial comment seen to imply a religious divide. The numbers citied by him roughly correspond to the ratio of Hindus to Muslims in UP.
On the Bulli Bai app case, Pawar said, “attempts to malign women of a particular section of society are condemnable.” There is a need to create public awareness on this issue, he said. PTI VT VT VT
source: PTI News