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BJP may win most seats, but 2nd term for Modi unlikely: Pawar

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Tuesday said the BJP may emerge as the single largest party in the Lok Sabha elections, but is unlikely to get a second term in office.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

"BJP may emerge as the single largest party post and will have to seek support of allies (to form the government). In that scenario, Prime is unlikely to get a second term," Pawar said.

The former Union said he will meet some regional parties across the country on March 14 and 15 in New Delhi, where further strategy of 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) will be discussed.

When asked about some regional parties going away from the and alliance in Maharashtra, Pawar said, "I appreciate the PWP for extending support to the in the Lok Sabha election. NCP has also held talks with the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS) for seat-sharing, but the farmers' front has some expectations from the as well. It will be decided by these two parties."

On Monday, Pawar had said he will not contest next month's election. The 78-year-old veteran had said as two members of his family are going to contest the polls, "somebody had to step back."

However, Pawar had earlier announced that his party workers wanted him to contest from Madha constituency in district, currently represented by NCP

Reacting to Pawar's announcement of not contesting the polls, Fadnavis had said the NCP "sensed the change in the air", and decided to rethink on plans to contest poll from Madha LS seat.

On the minister's remarks, Pawar said, "It is childish to call my decision as defeat as I have won elections 14 times, including the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections that I contested so far. On the other hand, late and (BJP veteran) L K Advani had tasted defeat.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:35 IST