Zee Media Bureau/Hemant Abhishek
New Delhi: In a veiled attack on BJP’s apparent prime ministerial candidate — Narendra Modi, NCP chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that anyone projecting himself as leader too early before the polls is bound to fizzle out even before the actual contest begins.
Talking to a newspaper, Pawar said he spoke from experience when he said that opening one’s cards too early before the polls wasn’t advisable in the Indian political scenario.
"My observation in Indian politics is that if anyone tries to project himself too early, he invites trouble and I think BJP and Narendra Modi have started their projection too early and with a definite position. I don`t know what will happen. My experience, my previous observation, is not very good," Pawar was quoted by Indian Express as saying.
Hinting that he thought neither the Congress nor the BJP could reach the magic figure in the impending general elections on their own, Pawar said he felt regional leaders could play a crucial role in formation of the next government at the Centre.
The report quoted Pawar as saying that one or more from among — Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, Biju Janata Dal’s Naveen Patnaik, Janata Dal (United)’s Nitish Kumar and the AIADMK’s J Jayalalithaa — could become the ‘kingmaker’ in 2014. And without their support it was likely that the Congress or the BJP would find it difficult to come to power.
"They will get some definite numbers post election. On their own, they may not be able to reach that magic figure, but without their support nobody will be able to reach that magic figure. Now, think who will support whom," Pawar added.
Pawar chose to remain mum on prospects of Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 elections, saying he had seen too little of the Gandhi family scion to come to any conclusion.
He however reiterated that he would not contest the next Lok Sabha elections, but would opt to sit in the Rajya Sabha instead.