Our stand of not going with BJP was always very clear: Pawar

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NEW DELHI: Nationalist Congress Party (

NCP

) president

Sharad Pawar

on Saturday clarified that his party's

stand

of not aligning with the BJP was always very clear, and even if any suggestion to the contrary came up, he did not approve of the idea.
Sharad Pawar's remarks came in response to his nephew and rebel NCP leader

Ajit Pawar

's recent statements.

The veteran politician said, "Our views are not coherent with (the ideology of) the BJP. We had not asked for votes in the assembly elections to go with the BJP, we sought votes to fight against them. I was firm on my stand that those who believed in our ideology will be betrayed if we go with the BJP."
In a jibe at Ajit, Pawar expressed skepticism toward anyone claiming that deviating from the party's policy was acceptable. Regarding Ajit Pawar's announcement that his faction would contest the Baramati Lok Sabha seat, Sharad Pawar said that in a democracy, anyone is free to contest from anywhere.
Further responding to Praful Patel's intention to write a book about his political experiences, Pawar welcomed the idea but suggested including a chapter on why people are leaving Patel's party. He also mentioned the rumored visit of

Enforcement Directorate

officials to Patel's house in Mumbai, proposing that this topic be covered in the book. "It is a good thing if he is writing a book and I am waiting for it. He should write a chapter on why people are leaving his party. I even heard that ED (Enforcement Directorate) officials had visited his house in Mumbai; there should be a chapter on this topic too," Pawar said.

In 2019, Ajit Pawar had taken an early morning oath of office as deputy chief minister along with Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister amid a deadlock over alliance formation after the assembly elections. But the Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar government collapsed within four days for want of numbers. Speaking at a conclave of his faction at Karjat on Friday, Ajit Pawar, now a deputy chief minister, claimed that the Sharad Pawar-led group had been reaching out to him for a patch-up, and one meeting for this purpose was arranged on August 12 at businessman Atul Chordia's Pune house. If Pawar senior did not like the decision to join the Shiv Sena-BJP government, why did he seek such a meeting, Ajit Pawar asked.

(With inputs from agencies