MUMBAI: Recently, Union minister Ramdas Athawale countered the prediction of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, according to which there will be a change of government at the Centre after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. On the prediction by NCP chief, Union minister said that the NDA will continue to occupy power with Narendra Modi as the prime minister.

“I believe the current government will continue after the 2019 general elections. The NDA will be in power under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. The so-called unity of the opposition is not happening, hence such distractive messages are being circulated,” Mr Athawale said in a statement.

Yesterday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that there will be change in government at the Centre and in Maharashtra, and Narendra Modi will have to give away his position after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls

“There will be a change in government in Delhi and Maharashtra. No single party can provide an alternative. I do not think Narendra Modi will be prime minister after the Lok Sabha polls,” the NCP supremo said.

Talking about the controversy surrounding the Sabarimala temple in K, the prohibition of entry of women in the Sabarimala temple made Mr Athawale give a thought on the matter. Women not being allowed inside the shrine despite the Supreme Court’s directions made him wonder.

On this, he said that women should be treated equally in front of god. Some practices are being followed in the country where Women are denied to have their rights in the name of tradition, he added.

Besides this, the Union Minister also alleged the opposition, Congress-led government to be responsible for the delay in allotment of Indu Mill land for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s memorial. And it was the NDA government which handed over the land for the memorial,” Ramdas Athawale added.