National Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar met Maharashtra Chief Minister Udav Thackeray at his official residence in Varsha. Government Minister Jitendra Ohad, Home Minister Dilip Valls Patel and Aditya Thackeray are also attending the meeting – the first between the two leaders after a public row with Congress and rumors that Shiv Sena is considering mending ties with the BJP, sources said. Her ally for 35 years.
The sources indicated that the discussion may revolve around the issues between Maharashtra alliance Vikas Agadi and even former minister Anil Deshmukh.
Cracks emerged within Maharashtra’s ruling coalition after Congress leader Nana Patul commented that the alliance with Sena has an “expiration date” and in the upcoming assembly elections, his party will fly on its own.
As Sena tried to show unity, MP Prithviraj Chavan backed away from his efforts by noting that the alliance would have a “Chief Minister for Congress” next time.
Earlier this month, Mr Thackeray had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shiv Sena explained this as protocol and said he values personal relationships regardless of political affiliations.
For Sharad Pawar’s party, Emile Deshmukh’s resignation and the events surrounding it were a sore point.
In April, Mr Deshmukh had resigned on the grounds of “moral grounds” after the Bombay High Court ordered a preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption brought against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh. Singh had accused Mr. Deshmukh of corruption in the transfers and appointments to the police.
Today, Mr. Deshmukh did not appear before the Enforcement Department for questioning in connection with a money laundering case. Citing COVID-19 and his age, the 71-year-old has requested a virtual interaction.
On Saturday, Mr. Deshmukh had requested a new date to appear in the money laundering case.