Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar made it clear that he has no interest in becoming the president of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). Talking to a private channel, Pawar said that in order to divert attention from the opposition of farmers, efforts are being made to engage their interests with vested interests.
Even earlier, Pawar denied speculation of his elevation as UPA chief. While the voice within the Congress party has belittled the idea, NCP’s new-found ally in Maharashtra has backed Pawar’s projection as the chief of UPA.
Earlier, in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana over the weekend, the Shiv Sena said the Congress was ‘weak and disintegrated’ and stressed that a strong opposition was needed against the ‘dictatorial attitude’ of the BJP-led central government.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who was the first to welcome reports for Pawar’s launch as UPA chief, had earlier said – “This is good news. But as far as I know, Pawar Sahab denies such reports Pawar Saheb is a big leader. Country and Maharashtra. We are all working under his guidance. If Pawar saheb himself comments on this, we can discuss this matter further.”