Amid the ongoing speculations over the possible merger of two parties, Congress President Rahul Gandhi met Sharad Pawar of NCP adding more fuel to the rumors. The meeting with the Chiefs of Political parties held at Pawar’s residence in the national capital.
However, Maharashtra Leaders of both the parties stated that they are not aware whether the issue related to the merger of NCP and Congress was discussed in the meeting held on Thursday. NCP Spokesperson Nawab Malik told media there is no such discussion within the party.
NCP Chief, however, said that both he along with Rahul Gandhi held a discussion over the upcoming State Polls in Maharashtra and Drought Situation in the state. Pawar took to twitter and shared the picture of the meet.
He, in a tweet, said, Congress President Mr.
@RahulGandhi met up with me today at my residence in Delhi. We discussed matters pertaining to the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha Elections and the drought situation in Maharashtra”.
Congress President Mr. @RahulGandhi met up with me today at my residence in Delhi. We discussed matters pertaining to the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha Elections and the drought situation in Maharashtra. pic.twitter.com/SUQHzjAbOB
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) May 30, 2019
Both – Congress and NCP – have forged an alliance in the state to national polls. However, the alliance faced a humiliating defeat by the BJP–Shiv Sena combine. In the state that sends 48 MPs to the Lok Sabha Polls, NCP-Congress could only bag 5 Lok Sabha Seats with NCP winning 4 seats while one seat won by the Indian National Congress.
Speaking on the issue of a merger between the two parties, Maharashtra Congress Chief Ashok Chavan said that he is not aware of any such development. While commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Pawar, Chavan said, ‘When two leaders meet they discuss politics, Two parties came together to avoid division of votes.
Congress-led UPA faced a humiliating defeat in the polls and UPA tally stood at 91 Lok Sabha Seats with Congress bagging just 52 seats out of over 400 contested seats in the national polls.
State Polls in Maharastra are slated for later in the year.