The Shiv Sena stirred a hornet’s nest on Sunday with its mouthpiece Saamna claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule, an MP, a berth in the Union Cabinet.
In a signed article in Saamna on Sunday, Shiv Sena strategist Sanjay Raut referred to his recent meeting with Pawar. When the Sena MP sought to know if the NCP was set to join the BJP-led NDA, Pawar blamed the media for spreading canards about his party. Pawar, according to Raut, then recalled his meeting with Modi. “The PM told me that he wanted Supriya in the Union Cabinet,” Raut quoted the Maratha strongman as saying. According to Raut, Pawar added that Supriya— who was also present at the meeting with the PM—told Modi that she would be the last person to go with the BJP.
The Sena MP also said that Pawar told him that NCP’s stand is very clear, yet rumours are spread to create confusion.
“Sharad Pawar says this. But there are senior NCP leaders who are in touch with (Maharashtra) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Shiv Sena has no reason to be worried even if the NCP seeks to be part of the Fadnavis cabinet and the chief minister is holding secret meetings with NCP leaders,” said Raut.