Terming the outcome of the election results as "rejection" of the BJP-led government's policies, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said the Assembly poll results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh mark the “beginning of a change.” He further said his party would support the Congress and also suggested the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to throw their weight behind the Rahul Gandhi-led party.
People did not like the Congress President Rahul Gandhi being ‘ridiculed’, said the former Union minister, as he referred to the constant criticism of Gandhi by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"People have expressed disappointment against the Modi government... the Assembly poll results mark the beginning of a change... people rejected the anti-farmers, anti-traders’ policies of Modi," Pawar told reporters in Mumbai.
On the Shiv Sena's frequent criticism of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party may be critical of its senior ally, but the two may come together for elections in the future.
The Congress dislodged the BJP from power in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh.
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The Narendra Modi-government took the decision of demonetisation without consulting the Reserve Bank of India, Pawar alleged.
People did not like the Modi government's attack on such institutions, he claimed.