NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday night that Opposition parties and people have the right to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi what happened to the development model promised by him and the BJP. He was addressing an election rally for NCP candidate from Thane Anand Paranjpe where he said:
"You and I have the right to ask PM what happened to his development model. Modi won the last Lok Sabha elections by promising Gujarat-like development model for the country, but in the last five years he did not say anything about unemployment and the plight of small traders, labourers, Dalits and tribals," the NCP chief said.
Instead, the prime minister was seeking votes in the name of country's security forces, he alleged.
Mounting a political attack on Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's jibe that Sharad Pawar fled from the "field" (by deciding not to contest from Madha as announced earlier), the NCP chief said he had won 14 elections during his career, and Thackeray should contest and win at least one.
Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on April 20 that NCP chief Sharad Pawar is engaged in a "Beti Bachav" (save the girl child) mission for his daughter Supriya Sule. Mr Fadnavis was addressing a public rally in Khadakwasla area of the constituency in support of BJP candidate Kanchan Kul. Lauding Kul for putting up a strong challenge before Sule, the chief minister took a dig at Pawar, saying he "took one thing from Prime Minister Narendra Modi".
"Modi Ji gave the slogan `Beti Bachav...and Pawar is doing the same thing in Baramati (trying to save his daughter from defeat)," he said.
Sule too aped one of Modi's slogans, he further said.
"Modi warned Pakistan that we will thrash you by entering your home. Sule, while threatening a BJP worker, said the same thing," he quipped.