Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar today said he is the only member of the United Progressive Alliance who had a direct communication line with Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.
“My equations with Modi are not recent. We have been in touch for years and more recently because I was the Union agriculture minister,” Pawar said, in an informal meeting with journalists. Pawar said the UPA lacked leaders whose stature could match that of Modi to convey opposition concerns and views on matters.
This is the first time in the history of Indian politics that 90% of the members of an outgoing cabinet either did not contest the elections or lost.
Pawar said the Congress-NCP combine could find itself in hot water again in the Maharashtra assembly elections if it did not take quick remedial steps.
Assembly elections in Maharashtra are likely to be held in October and the model code of conduct is likely to be effected from August-end.
“The ruling Congress-NCP combine needs to chalk out some striking strategy immediately,” Pawar said.
The NCP will hold a meeting of its ministers, members of Parliament, members of legislative assembly, state unit office bearers, and district heads on May 22-23 in Mumbai.