17 Jul 2021

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar Meets PM Narendra Modi

Reports are coming in that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today and both leaders held talks on a number of issues in a nearly hour-long meeting. 

The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted a picture of their meeting but shared no details about their talks.

A veteran leader widely recognised for his political acumen, Mr. Pawar is the main architect of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra and is seen as a lynchpin for any future Opposition alliance against the BJP.

Squabble among alliance partners over one issue or another has often come to the fore, with State Congress president Nana Patole’s frequent digs at other two partners — the Shiv Sena and the NCP — making news of late.

Reports are also coming in that Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal had met Mr. Pawar on July 16. While the Defence Minister had briefed Mr. Pawar, also a former Defence Minister, on the border row involving China, Mr. Goyal had met him as part of the government’s outreach to Opposition leaders before the session starts.

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