Pawar risks Cong alliance to defend Modi on 2002
Congress ally National Congress Party (NCP) for the second consecutive day continued to spar with the former on the issue of exonerating BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from his alleged role in 2002 Gujarat riots. Though it’s early to say that NCP was set to part ways with the Congress, with whom it’s an ally in both Delhi and Mumbai, but the Sharad Pawar-led party was definitely raising the stakes vis-à-vis the senior partner.
Sharad Pawar on Sunday said at Kolhapur that there was no need for a debate once courts had ruled on Narendra Modi’s role during the 2002 riots, days after similar remarks by his party colleague Praful Patel led to suggestions that NCP was going soft on the BJP PM candidate.
The party, however, insisted that it had ‘fundamental ideological’ difference with Modi and ruled out alliance with BJP. Responding to a query during a press conference in Kohlapur, the NCP chief Pawar said, ‘We accept the court’s order. There won’t be any debate on it.’