New Delhi: Acknowledging the ability of Congress party to challenge the country’s ruling, Predicted Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar said that he thinks ‘achhe din’ will dawn for the Congress.
The veteran politician was replying to blunt questions thrown by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray who was “interviewing” him at a mega public function organized by Jagtik Marathi Academy.
“In the past, the Congress had a strong organisational presence in the districts, states and all over India. That is not so now… the party is changing. However, even the (Congress President) Rahul Gandhi is also changing.
He is willing to learn,” Pawar said.
“Only the Congress can give a challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party. With Rahul maturing and learning, I think ‘achhe din’ will dawn for the Congress,” Pawar said, responding to wide-ranging questions for nearly 90 minutes.
The encounter at the jampacked BMCC grounds created the desired fireworks, with Thackeray throwing political missiles and Pawar skillfully grabbing them or dodging them as he deemed fit as the two leaders shared a dais after more than 10 years.
When Thackeray asked if is “hazardous to speak the truth in politics,” Pawar replied that “it is imperative to be truthful in politics, but when there are difficulties, it’s better to keep quiet”.
In an indirect barb at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pawar said irrespective of differences in political ideologies, “elders must be accorded respect always” and said that the recent attack on India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru “was not proper.”