Will meet PM Modi under Pawar’s leadership, says Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said his party will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the leadership of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on the issue of farmers.

Sanjay Raut also reiterated that Shiv Sena will form the government in Maharashtra. This comes after NCP Chief Sharad Pawar met Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday.

Reacting on Sharad Pawar’s comments, who is still non-committal to the Sena, Raut said, “It will take generations for Sharad Pawar to understand.” But he added that he does not have any doubt on Sharad Pawar.

After the meeting with Sonia Gandhi, when asked about Raut’s claim of having the support of 170 MLAs, Pawar said, “I don’t know about this 170 figure. You should have asked them.”

The NCP is in talks with ally Congress for a possible alliance with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena after its alliance with the BJP fell apart over the chief minister’s post. Congress and NCP leaders have held a series of meetings in the last few days to finalise modalities for a Sena-led government in Maharashtra.

Ahead of his meeting with Gandhi, Pawar said all political parties seeking to stake a claim in forming the government in Maharashtra have to “choose their own paths”.

Maharashtra was placed under President’s rule on November 12 after no party or alliance staked claim to form a government.

The BJP-Sena saffron alliance had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats respectively.

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