New Delhi, Aug 6: Launching an offensive against the Narendra Modi government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar has compared the current political situation to that of the 1975-77 Emergency era. Also Read - Amarinder Singh Condemns Haryana Govt's Attempts To Prevent Farmers March To Delhi

In an interview to Hindustan Times, Pawar said that PM Modi is controlling the “media, the government and government agencies” just like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi used to do during her rule. Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral

“When Modi started his stint, for the first few years, the mood of the country was just ‘Modi, Modi, Modi’. But now, gradually, the situation is changing like it changed in ’76-’77,” Pawar was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Arvind Kejriwal Attacks Centre For Preventing Farmers From Holding 'Peaceful' Protests

Pawar said that while people had no other alternative to Indira Gandhi when she suddenly announced elections in 1977, there was one leader – Jayaprakash Narayan – who emerged as the guiding force behind all others and made the political leader “forget about their personal interests”.

The NCP chief further suggested that three leaders – UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former PM HD Deve Gowda and he – can come together to united the Opposition in order to dethrone the BJP government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Pawar also, for the first time, said that the NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra is ready to join hands with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in the state. He said that while he has not discussed the issue with Mayawati, he would be ‘happy’ since this association will pay dividends.

He also opined that the crucial question that who could be the prime ministerial candidate should be left for after the elections.