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BJP may not be able to form a government with Narendra Modi's leadership- Sharad Pawar

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Story Dated: Saturday, August 03, 2013 09:11 hrs UTC

NCP President Sharad Pawar feels that BJP may not be able to form a government with Narendra Modi's leadership.

He also does not see the possibility of a Third Front government saying the government after elections will either be led by Congress or be supported by it.

"I cannot say. I said that in coalition politics very few partners, political parties will support BJP this time with this leadership," Pawar told CNN-IBN.

He was asked if he sees Modi emerging as the prime minister in a coalition government. On the possibility of a Third Front, he said it is too early to say. "As of today, I don't see the possibility of a Third Front. Ultimately, if we are to form a government here, either it will be Congress-led government or Congress supported government.

"If leadership like (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee was there, comfort level of other parties were much better than today. And that is why, a sizeable section accepted Vajpayee as a leader and he could provide a stable government for five years. So it depends on that. I don't see the Third Front concept has any potential this time," Pawar said.

To another question on Modi, he said for a coalition, there has to be a person and leadership which is acceptable to a sizeable number of parties. "And from that angle it is difficult to say if BJP will get that kind of support from various cross sections," he said.

Asked whether he would be a prime ministerial candidate, he said he was not going to contest Lok Sabha elections and he knew his limitations.

On the demand for Vidarbha being made a separate state, he said he was for unity of Maharashtra but a sizeable section of people want that and if it could become a viable state, "then I will not come in their way"


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