Ready for post-poll tie-up with any party except BJP: Sharad Pawar

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Pune, Oct 5: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that his party is ready for a post-poll tie-up with any political party except the 'unrelaible' and 'communal' BJP.

Pawar's comments came when he was addressing a rally of party workers in Pune and said that Shiv Sena did the right thing by ending the alliance with BJP.

As per a TOI report, while citing the example of late Balasaheb Thackeray, Pawar said he always said that BJP was not a reliable partner, while adding that “BJP is implementing a communal agenda in the nation.”

“NCP believes that those who support the progressive agenda should join hands," Pawar asserted.

In a scathing attack, Pawar said, “BJP is spreading a vicious ideology. This is a time for concern and also time to be alert. It is time to raise a new front against this tendency and take along all those who are ready to support progressive thoughts."

In a direct dig at the RSS, Pawar said, “The RSS chief's (Mohan Bhagwat)speech on Dussehra was broadcast on the government channel (Doordarshan). BJP used the government mouthpiece to spread the RSS agenda.”

Meanwhile, targeting NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he has done nothing for the people of Maharashtra as Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister and has none of the qualities of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji.

"I am amazed. Pawar was the Union Agriculture Minister. But in his Maharashtra, around 3,700 farmers commit suicide every year," Modi said.

"There is no chance of you (Pawar) getting Shivaji's qualities in your character. "But as agriculture minister at the Centre, had you implemented Shivaji's water management techniques, farmers of Maharashtra would not have committed suicide," the Prime Minister said at Tasgaon in Sangli district of western Maharashtra.

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