To support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in forming the government in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar had placed two conditions before the saffron party.
The first one is, reportedly wanted Agriculture Ministry for his daughter Supriya Sule and someone other than Devendra Fadnavis to become the CM.
PM Narendra Modi had turned down both the demands, reports said. BJP reportedly thought giving away Agriculture Ministry to NCP may lead to JD(U), their alliance in Bihar, demanding Railway Ministry.
On November 22, Sharad Pawar's nephew and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar offered support to the BJP. It was said that Ajit Pawar had the backing of around 30-35 MLAs who were ready to support the BJP.
Sources in the BJP told that the party thought that if it decided to offer the agriculture ministry to the NCP, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), its ally from Bihar, will demand the railway ministry. In this situation, despite having the mandate, the BJP would lose two big ministries.
Since there were no positive signals from the BJP on his demands, the NCP chief had a 45-50-minute long meeting with Modi in the Parliament on November 20. But Modi didn't agree to his demands during the meeting.