A day after political strategist Prashant Kishor met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar here, a day after leaders of eight opposition parties gathered at Pawar’s residence to discuss various issues facing the country.
According to sources, the closed-door conversation between Kishor and Pawar at his residence in Delhi lasted for about an hour.
This was their third meeting within a fortnight.
Mr Kishor, who played a key role in the Trinamool Congress’s landslide victory in the West Bengal Assembly elections, met Mr Pawar over lunch at his residence in Mumbai on June 11. He again met the NCP chief on Monday at his residence in Delhi. .
These meetings with Mr Pawar fueled speculation about the possibility of opposition parties coming together to form a third front against the BJP.
Mr Pawar hosted a meeting of leaders of eight opposition parties, including Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Left parties, at his residence in Delhi on Tuesday.
However, leaders who participated in that discussion said it was an “apolitical” meeting of like-minded individuals organized by the National Forum, co-founded by former finance minister and Trinamool vice-president Yashwant Sinha, among others.
Ahead of the opposition leaders’ meeting on Tuesday, Mr Pawar chaired the NCP’s national executive meeting on the same day and “detailed” with his party leaders on its “future policies”, its role in the next Lok Sabha elections and current national issues. discussed. .
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, SP’s Ghanshyam Tiwari, RLD president Jayant Chaudhary, AAP’s Sushil Gupta, CPI’s Binoy Vishwam, CPI-M’s Nilotpal Basu and TMC vice-president attended the meeting of opposition party leaders at Pawar’s residence. President Yashwant Sinha and others.
Former Congress leader Sanjay Jha and former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Pavan Varma also attended the meeting. Apart from politicians, several eminent personalities like Javed Akhtar, former Ambassador KC Singh and Justice (Retd) AP Shah were also present in Tuesday’s meeting.
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