Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule on Monday refuted Shiv Sena’s MP Sanjay Raut’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered her a Cabinet berth.
Sule said that there was no such meeting where she met PM Modi with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, according to media reports.
Raut stirred controversy on Sunday after alleging in a column in Shiv Sena mouthpiece, Saamana, that NCP chief Sharad Pawar told him that Prime Minister Modi in a meeting with him and her daughter offered Sule a Cabinet position, which she turned down.
The Sena MP also said Pawar told him that NCP’s stand is very clear, yet rumours are being spread to create confusion.
Raut’s claims have triggered the speculation of the NCP shifting their allegiance from the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
These speculations come after Shiv Sena felt that they were ignored in the recent Cabinet expansion of Modi government, said sources.
Sharad Pawar is known to have cordial relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
NCP after failing to gain majority in 2014 elections, had extended support to BJP to form the government in Maharashtra.
Sharad Pawar is yet to respond to Raut’s article.