India, Dec. 4 -- In the run-up to government formation in Maharashtra, there were rumours that there was intense pressure on Sharad Pawar to ally with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and form the government. When Pawar met Narendra Modi in New Delhi for over 40 minutes days before his nephew Ajit Pawar's rebellion and said he had discussed farmers, all of us knew the discussion could not have just been confined to floods and droughts. After Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as the chief minister there were reports from New Delhi that Pawar had set two conditions for support to the BJP - his daughter Supriya Sule be inducted as the Union agriculture minister in the Modi cabinet and that Devendra Fadnavis be dropped as the chief minister. We w...