Sharad Pawar a ‘khiladi’ who senses winds of change: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said NCP chief Sharad Pawar is a wise man who is ahead of time in understanding which way the wind blows.

Addressing a rally in Madha, he said, “Sharad Rao (Pawar) is quite a big player. He understands which way winds are blowing well before time. He will never do anything which would affect him or his family (Sharad Rao bhi bade khiladi hain, wo samay se pehle hawa ka rukh samajh jaate hain. Aur wo kabhi aisa kuch nahi karte jiske kaaran unko aur unke parivar ko kharonch aa jaaye, baaki koi bhi bali chadh jaaye to chadh jaaye).”

PM Modi asserted that those sitting in Delhi in AC rooms are unaware of the ground reality, in an apparent reference to the Congress.

“Those sitting in Delhi in AC rooms and keeping a tab on things which will happen after who hugs whom, after who shakes hands with whom, after who looks at whom, don’t know the ground reality. Now I know why Sharad Rao ran away from the battleground,” he quipped.

Modi accused Pawar of not doing enough for farmers reeling under poverty while in the cabinet.

“Sharad Pawar ji, who was the agriculture minister in the government, could have introduced new schemes for the welfare of the farmers. But he was more interested in running his sugar shops (mills) rather than improving the lives of farmers,” he claimed.

Madha Lok Sabha seat is currently represented by NCP MP Vijaysinh Mohite Patil. It will go to poll in the third phase of polling on April 23, while its neighbouring constituency Solapur will go to polls tomorrow.

(With ANI inputs)

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