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Nothing personal against Sonia but won't accept her as PM: Pawar

September 24, 2004 22:49 IST

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said he would not have been a Union minister if Congress president Sonia Gandhi had been the prime minister.

"The question does not arise," was his reply to a query whether he would have joined the government if Gandhi had headed it. Asked if his party would have supported the government from outside, Pawar said, "Yes. But I would not have become a minister because I had taken a public stand (against a person of foreign origin becoming prime minister)."

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The agriculture minister said he does not have any personal fight against Gandhibut 'she has done a service to the Congress and the nation' by not assuming the post of prime minister.

"In fact, my stand was not wrong because she has herself decided not to be prime minister," he added.

Pawar said Gandhi's refusal to take up the post was an acceptance of his party's reservations on the foreign origin issue. "We had parted ways with the party (Congress) on the issue. When the time came, Sonia declared that she would not accept the responsibility and passed it to Manmohan Singh. This shows that they accepted what we were demanding," the NCP chief said.

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Sub: Pawar is a donkey

Pawar is a stinky mouthed donkey. Am not even reading this article. He is the hieght of the deapths politicians cud fall. He's got a ...

Posted by Sriram Venkitachalam

Sub: Now saying stories...

Pawar, can now say all sort of cock n bull stories of his stand, but actually he raised the issue because he wanted to replace ...

Posted by Vinay

Sub: Hypocrisy

This is the height of hypocrisy! Why didn't he say this *before* Sonia was forced to make the great "sacrifice"? My reading is that he ...

Posted by Dr T S Raman

Sub: who is > manmohan singh mr. Pawar

Shameless pavar is talking about not joining the govt! ready to share everything!

Posted by vijay



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