“The only difference is the prime minister, the Union home minister, theirs is a tall leadership. Congress’ national leadership doesnt belong to, doesnt come from the state (Maharashtra)…there is no Congress leader working at the national level from Maharashtra, Pawar said.
The Maratha strongman said, in his case, he has the benefit of being national president of the NCP and member of Parliament for years, in the perception battle.
“But that doesnt mean the Congress is weak. The Congress has a pool of workers who function well at the grass- root level,” the NCP patriarch claimed.
Asked about Shinde’s comment, Pawar said, “He might be tired at a personal level. He also took my name. He might be tired, but I am not.”
Speaking at a public meeting in Solapur on October 8, the senior Congress leader said his party and the NCP will “come together in the future”.
“Even if the Congress and NCP are two different parties, but today I would like to tell you that in the future we will come closer to each other…The NCP and Congress will come together because now they are also tired and we are also tired,” Shinde had said, without elaborating.