Posted on November 23, 2019, 11:30 AM IST
Today’s political twist in the Maharashtra saga has left political circles shocked and miffed, with political members still trying to establish if the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has abandoned its ally Congress or was it a faction of the Sharad Pawar-led party that joined hands with BJP. The question now is did Bharatiya Janata Party drop early hints of its growing closeness to the NCP.
Recently, during the winter session PM Modi had surprisingly praised NCP supremo Sharad Pawar-led party being in the opposition, he congratulated them for strictly "adhering to parliamentary norms".
Addressing the House on the occasion of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha, Modi said, "Today I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms." He said the other parties, including his own, should learn from them.
He also lauded the two parties for never entering Well of House to protest, saying that it has not been pretentious politics. "They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively. Other parties, including mine, can learn from them," Modi said, while stressing that the fortunes of either party have not been affected due to their self-imposed discipline.
Before that, Sharad Pawar had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament and is said to have discussed with him about farmers' anguish in Maharashtra and sought his critical intervention in the wake of the crop damage and rising agrarian crisis in the state.
The meeting was held at the Prime Minister's chamber in Parliament and it transpired amid vagueness over government formation in Maharashtra where talks were on between the NCP, the Congress and the Shiv Sena for an alliance.
Pawar, who heads the Pune-based Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI), had also invited Modi to attend the institute. This all was underway even as the NCP and the Congress were making moves on forming government in Maharashtra.