Raigad (Maharashtra), Nov 7: Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Tuesday revealed that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met him and duo discussed the need for an “alliance of like-minded parties” in the nation.
“Uddhav, accompanied by (party leader) Sanjay Raut, met me at my Mumbai residence 10 days ago,” Pawar told media on the sidelines of the ongoing two-day brainstorming session of NCP at a luxury resort in Karjat here.
Indicating the parties opposing the ruling government policies he said “We also discussed the need for an alliance of all like-minded parties in the country”.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik stated that the Sena is unhappy with its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party at the centre and in Maharashtra, but it has yet to take a stand on whether to go with or walk out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
The revelation comes a day after senior NCP leader Praful Patel said Pawar could be in the race for Prime Minister post Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Recently, five days ago, Thackeray and his son Aditya had called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who appreciated supported the Sena stance of criticizing the BJP as “doing the right thing.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Yuva Sena leader Aditya Thackeray pointed out a critique of the BJP in a blog in which he termed the intent behind the note ban exercise as “dubious”, and one which had failed the hopes of the people and even the nation.