Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP and party chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule on Tuesday confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered her a cabinet berth in the midst of Maharashtra political fiasco.
Speaking exclusively to India Today TV, Supriya Sule that it was “very kind and magnanimous of PM to show such faith in me. Eternally grateful” even as she added, “but Mr Pawar [Sharad Pawar] has humbly said no”.
Her statement comes a day after NCP chief Sharad Pawar was reported as saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had proposed “working together” but he rejected the offer.
“Modi had offered me to work together. I told him that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together,” Pawar said.
Pawar dismissed reports that the Modi government offered to make him India’s President. “But there surely was an offer to make Supriya (Sule) a minister in the Modi-led cabinet,” he added.
In her interview with India Today TV, Supriya Sule on Wednesday said that she was obliged to do what the state requires of her. “Whatever state requires me to do, I am morally obligated to do. I am a satisfied MP, and I will continue to do that,” she said.
On Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership role in Maharashtra, Supriya Sule said that she had full confidence in his abilities as a leader, “He’s run his party exceptionally well.”
Supriya Sule also talked about cousin Ajit Pawar, who had recently staged a short-lived rebellion and joined hands with the BJP before coming back into the fold. Sule confirmed that Ajit Pawar will have a role in the party. “He’s a promising leader of the party and he’s our leader. Clearly he will have a role,” she said.