He was talking during the event of felicitation of former president Pratibha Patil in the city
Pune: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar on Saturday said that he is not eyeing the president’s post and would continue to work for masses. Pawar was speaking at a felicitation event to mark the completion of 50 years in the public life of former president Pratibha Patil on Saturday at Balgandharva Rangmandir.
NCP Chief Pawar said that the president’s post is the ultimate in a person’s political career and he is in no mood to retire.
“People retire after becoming the president and I want to work with the masses right now,” added Pawar. Various political leaders including Sushilkumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan, Shivraj Patil, Girish Bapat, Shrirang Barne, Vandana Chavan and other leaders were present.
Pawar, Shinde, Prithviraj Chavan and others recollected their political careers and their interactions with former president
Speaking at the moment, Pawar said, “People say Pratibha is very soft spoken but it is certainly not as I have seen her when she was the leader of the Opposition. When I was the defence minister, I travelled in Mig 27 aircraft but she chose to fly in fighter jet Sukhoi 30 which is indeed commendable. Her concern for the farming community and demand of fair price for farmers made her connect with masses.”
The NCP chief said that because of him, Pratibha Patil could not become chief minister of Maharashtra. Reacting to this, Patil said, “Pawar not only took chief minister’s seat from me but also got me arrested under preventive detention.”
Sushilkumar Shinde said that Pranab Mukherjee was the former president but Sharad Pawar is the future president.
Speaking at the event, Pratibha Patil recollected how due to support of her father, she entered politics and with the support of the people, she was able to make her journey from a housewife to first woman president of India.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee could not make it to the event due to ill health and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was busy in Lucknow.
A book ‘Bhartachi Pratibha’ and website ‘http://www.pratibhapatil.info/’ was also launched at the event.