Mumbai, Apr 3 UNI | 4 months ago

Union Agriculture minister and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has said the BJP has a chance to emerge as the largest party in this Lok Sabha polls.

''The BJP and Congress seem to be the leading parties to emerge in majority, and BJP will improve its position. In the current scenario, I feel that BJP will be the single largest party and the Congress will be the second largest. Although the NDA may not be able to get to that magic number,'' he told reporters here.

''The NCP's position will also improve, and of course we will get the (double digits) numbers,'' he claimed.

Meanwhile, he has maintained his stand against BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and said that he doesn't inspire a feeling of security among the minority community, comparing him to former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

''Vajpayee's stature was much higher than Modi and during his tenure the minority community felt safe. There was a feeling of relief among minorities as far as Vajpayee was concerned. I don't see the same feeling towards this candidate,'' Pawar further said.

He also took a dig at Modi's history references during rallies saying, ''It is unfathomable that one who aspires to lead the country isn't aware of India's history.''

(Posted on 03-04-2014)