India Elections : Sangma backs Sharad Pawar as PM

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar should work towards formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP government with him as prime minister, party leader Purno A Sangma said.

The NCP’s North East and Jammu and Kashmir units have sent a memorandum to Pawar stating that he should work towards the formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP government with him as the prime minister, Sangma said.

“Already there is a lot of support for Pawar from Jayalalitha of AIDMK, Navin Patnaik of BJD, Chiranjeevi of Praja Rajyam in Andhra Pradesh and Manohar Joshi of Shiv Sena,” the former Lok Sabha speaker said.

According to reports, Pawar is in talks to bring together the Third Front and the Fourth Front parties. He already has the backing of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief and Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik for the PM’s post.

On May 11, Pawar’s close associate and Maharashtra Finance Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said in Mumbai that if the BJP and the Congress do not get majority, Pawar has good chances of becoming the next Prime Minister.

Separately, NCPs Maharashtra president R.R. Patil has been quoted as saying that the party it would remain with the UPA, but Pawars prospects of becoming the Prime Minister are bright as no party would get a clear majority.

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