Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met PM Modi over relief for drought hit farmers in Maharashtra. Pawar’s meeting with PM Modi comes amid a political crisis in Maharashtra over the new government formation.
New Delhi, Nov 20: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met PM Modi over relief for drought hit farmers in Maharashtra. Pawar’s meeting with PM Modi comes amid a political crisis in Maharashtra over the new government formation.
The meeting between Pawar and Modi took place around 12 pm in Parliament.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar has written a letter to PM Modi:
Earlier, “NCP chief Sharad Pawar will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Parliament, over the issue of Maharashtra farmers. We will demand some relief for the farmers, from the Prime Minister,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Unseasonal rains have damaged crops on about 70 lakh hectares of land, and the total loss is expected to be around Rs 5000 crore.
This was the first meeting between PM Modi and Sharad Pawar after the President’s rule was imposed on Maharashtra.
Pawar is now in discussion with the Sena and Congress to explore forming a government.
While the BJP had targeted Pawar during election campaign in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised two parties, including Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), for showing discipline during parliamentary proceedings.
The BJP and the Shiv Sena fought the Assembly elections for the 288 member House, and they bagged 105 and 56 seats, respectively. However, the alliance came undone after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackarey demanded rotational chief ministerial post -- a request denied by the BJP.
On the other hand, the Congress and the NCP won 44 and 54 seats, respectively in the state.
Several senior leaders of Congress and NCP are also set to meet during the day to discuss the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for Maharashtra and to forge an alliance with Shiv Sena possibly to form government in the state.
News24 Bureau with Agencies
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