Sharad Pawar had discussed with BJP eight times. It was decided to go with them. It happened in 2014. But after Sharad Pawar made a statement and saying that Devendra Fadnavis became cautious, Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has told what happened in 2014 to 2019, then 2022, 2023.
What did Chhagan Bhujbal say?
When the elections came in 2014, the BJP broke its alliance with the Shiv Sena. But he sent a message to Sharad Pawar that we are leaving Shiv Sena, you leave Congress. After which we left Congress without any reason. All the parties fought separately in the 2014 assembly elections. At that time (2014) it was decided that BJP would run the government for a few days and NCP would run the government
Sharad Pawar’s statement and Fadnavis were cautious
A meeting was held at Alibaug after a few days. In it, Sharad Pawar directly announced that BJP should not assume our support forever. I am Ajit Pawar.
It was decided to go with BJP in 2019 as well
The election was held in 2019. Everything was settled again. Sharad Pawar’s idea of President’s rule was Devendra Fadnavis’s. Sharad Pawar knew everything that happened in 2019. It was decided that BJP and NCP would form the government. Hence, BJP left the support of Shiv Sena. At that time should have gone with BJP. But Sharad Pawar backed down even then. At that time, Sharad Pawar met the Prime Minister and said that he would not be able to support me. After that, when Eknath Shinde went with BJP, there was a discussion even before that.
It was decided to go with BJP even when there was Mahavikas Aghadi
Even when there was a Mahavikas Aghadi, there was a discussion with the BJP. Sharad Pawar, Jayant Patil, Praful Patel, Ajit Pawar were all discussing. 54 MLAs had also signed to go with BJP. Even after that, Sharad Pawar said it will not be enough, if you want to go, go. When all these events happened, there was a discussion in the house (of Sharad Pawar). Ajit Pawar must know that. Sharad Pawar to resign at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, after which Supriya Sule will become the President. It was decided that we will join BJP with Supriya Sule. I also had no idea that he would resign. All this discussion took place in their house. Ajit Pawar and Praful Patel would know. I asked Supriya Sule at that time that you did not say anything about resignation. So she said Ajit Pawar knew. He also told me that the discussion was going on for fifteen days. I was not in those discussions. All this has been told by Chhagan Bhujbal in an interview given to TV 9 Marathi.