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Uniting secular forces need of hour, says Sharad Pawar

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Uniting "secular forces" was the need of the hour to take on BJP in the next polls, said today, making it clear there would be no problems for him in engaging with Rahul Gandhi, whom he had once called 'immature'.

"Mr Gandhi is the for now. As a party head we have to discuss with him. There have occurred some unpleasant things in the past, but still our efforts will be to bring together secular parties. That is the need of the hour," he told reporters here.

Asked whether he would accept Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate since he had called him immature in the past, Pawar said, "I don't think the same as of now."

However, he hastened to add: "Before we could discuss on the prime ministership, it is necessary for us to win the Lok Sabha elections with clear majority."

He also said nothing would come in his party's way to discuss with Gandhi as he was the party

To a question if NCP's move to tie-up with JDS to face the assembly elections would affect his larger aim of bringing together the secular forces at the national level,the former Maharasthra minister said NCP's main target will be BJP.

His party would work in such a way that "the secular forces are not affected," he added.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:25 IST