New Delhi: A meeting of leaders of opposition parties was held at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. After this meeting, Pawar met election strategist Prashant Kishor thrice. These meetings fueled speculation of opposition parties coming together to form a third front against the BJP. However, the absence of leaders of Congress and other parties from the meetings of the opposition parties raised many questions.
After this, the leaders who attended the meeting at Pawar’s house said that senior leader Yashwant Sinha had called a meeting at Pawar’s house and during this the current political stir was discussed. However, this meeting was not to form a front against the BJP.
Sharad Pawar’s statement
Now Sharad Pawar has given a statement on these meetings. NCP President Pawar said that there was no discussion on alliance in the Rashtra Manch meeting, but if an alternative force is to be raised, it will be done by taking the Congress along. We said the same thing in the meeting.
When Pawar was asked whether he would be the face of a new alternative alliance? So he said that we have not discussed in the meeting, but I think we have to move forward while playing the role of collective leadership. I did this for years but for now I will work to hold, guide and strengthen them all together.
On Congress’s statement about contesting elections alone in Maharashtra, Pawar said that every political party has the right to expand. We also give such statements to increase the energy of our party workers. Similarly, if Congress says something like this, we welcome it as it is their right. Let us tell you that there is a coalition government of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.