BJP may emerge as largest party but Modi won’t be the PM again, predicts Sharad Pawar

Mumbai: While the BJP is likely to emerge as the single largest party in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not return for a second term, according to a prediction made by Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.

Sharad Pawar’s comments come a day after he decided against contesting the general elections.

Pawar said Narendra Modi would not become PM again as the BJP would not get the required number in the elections. “However, the BJP may emerge as the single largest party which cannot form the government without the support of other parties”, he said adding the parties backing BJP would look for someone else as PM.

On BJP president Amit Shah’s claim that his party would win 45 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, the 78-year-old former union minister sarcastically said, “He seems to have made a mistake. He should have said that his party would win (all) 48 seats.”

The BJP had won 283 seats in the 2014 general elections, enough to form government on their own. The NDA alliance had bagged 326 seats.