Pune: “One has to take many decisions as a leader of a specific political party, but as a public representative holding parliamentary post of importance, one should be transparent in his or her approach,” said former agriculture minister and Nationalist Congress leader Sharad Pawar while commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work without naming him in his speech.
Pawar felicitated many distinguished social workers for their yeomen’s service to the city at a function organised by K Dhananjay Thorat of Smriti Prathishthan. Pawar honoured Dr Medha Purav Sawant, Vivek Khatavkar and Harsha Shah, all of them known for their selfless service in the field of social work and art.
Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, MLC Sharad Ranpise, Ulhas Pawar, Mohan Joshi, Ramdas Phutane and Shubangi Thorat were also present.
Pawar also commented on a statement made by Modi, ‘I came into politics holding Pawar’s hand’. He said, “One can certainly maintain friendly relations while working in a political party but one has to also take care that personal and professional relations do not get mixed. In recent times, someone had made a statement saying that ‘I came into politics by holding Pawar’s hand’. It was made by an eminent personality which dragged me in a loop. Following this, I did not visit Delhi for a while. I also avoided meeting other ruling party members.”
“I had built healthy relations with several Chief Ministers of different states during my tenure as the agriculture minister. Modi was then the CM of Gujarat. He was quite supportive then. The Central government had also played a supportive role during that period,” added Pawar.