Disquiet in Opposition over Sharad Pawar sharing stage with PM Modi
Leaders of the Opposition coalition I.N.D.I.A have raised concern over Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Maharashtra’s Pune on August 1.
A party source said that during the meeting of floor leaders of the I.N.D.I.A bloc on Friday, some of the members raised concerns about Pawar being the chief guest of the function in which Modi is honoured with the Lokmanya Tilak Award.
The NCP patriarch has been invited as the chief guest of the function which is organized by Tilak Smarak Mandir Trust. During the program, Pawar will be handing over the award to Modi.
The source added that there were suggestions that Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge could speak to the NCP leader to urge and request him not to attend the function.
The source said that a few of I.N.D.I.A bloc leaders felt that Pawar sharing stage with the Prime Minister would create a bad impression when the like-minded opposition parties are coming together to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The source also added that by sharing the stage with Modi, Pawar will dent the image of the I.N.D.I.A bloc, which has taken a lot of effort to build and it will also lead to sending a wrong message among people as Prime Minister Modi has attacked I.N.D.I.A with its comparison to the East India Company and terror organization Indian Mujahideen.
Meanwhile, the third meeting of I.N.D.I.A will take place in Mumbai on August 25 and 26 and Shiv Sena (UBT) and Pawar-led NCP will be the host.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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