Taking a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) chief Prakash Ambedkar has called him ‘a liar’ for making false claims about previous elections.
Speaking at the press conference at his party's office, he said, “Sharad Pawar claims that he had helped me for former win the Lok Sabha election from Akola in Maharashtra in 1998. Pawar should not have lied that his support led to my victory in the Lok Sabha elections in 1997-98. I had made an understanding with then Congress national president the late Sitaram Kesri. Pawar had nothing to do with it.”
"Sharad Pawar (who was then in the Congress) was nowhere in the picture. It was another Congress leader, Murli Deora, who informed that Sharad Pawar wanted to meet me. Sharad Pawar had visited my home and stated that he would like to be part of negotiations between the Congress president and me (for support in polls)," Ambedkar claimed.
Further clarifying, Ambedkar stated that, "The then Congress President Sitaram Kesari had agreed to give me the MP’s seat. We had agreed on a deal of four seats and at that time, Sharad Pawar was involved in the deal. However, soon Murli Deora told me that Pawar wanted to meet me. Accordingly, I met him and he expressed his desire to be involved in the deal.”
"After the 1999 elections were over, Sharad Pawar found his way out of Congress. Making personal remarks are not going to help Pawar. Questioning the NCP chief questioned Pawar giving the ticket to BJP candidate Pramod Mahajan. So my politics has nothing to do with Sharad Pawar. His party's candidate contested against me. In the 1999 general elections, in the Akola Lok Sabha constituency, the NCP candidate contested against me. He got around 1.25 lakh votes," Ambedkar added.
Meanwhile, Prakash Ambedkar once again made it clear that his party is ready to form an alliance with Congress. Speaking about whether any candidate will contest against the NCP candidate, Ambedkar stated that they will make a decision about it soon.