Gujarat has three seats for Rajya Sabha. While the BJP has fielded Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput, Congress has pitched Ahmed Patel. While both Amit Shah and Smriti Irani are expected to win the polls, it is the third seat that the real contest is for.
Sharad Pawar is learnt to have told Opposition leaders that he was in talks with the Centre on the issue of farmers’ stir in Maharashtra, and urged them to postpone the meeting by a day. Sensing danger, Congress leaders rushed to Pawar’s residence, sources said.
In Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena idolised Shivaji as a symbol of cultural pride.
The NCP chief was addressing a party gathering in Delhi on the occasion of the 19th Foundation Day of the NCP.
The NCP has announced that it has dedicated its 19th Foundation Day to farmers owing to the widespread agitation of peasants over various demands including a guaranteed minimum support price for their produce.
With this refusal, Opposition parties, which were said to have been trying to persuade the Maratha strongman to enter the race, will be forced to look at other “acceptable names”.
Former Pratibah Patil added that Sharad Pawar was influenced by great reformists in Maharashtra, so he was able to follow the same.
“I am very restless. The farmers are in trouble and are on the streets in protest. It is high time that everyone should come forward to help farmers in this crucial time,” said Sharad Pawar.
Talks with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and minister of state Sadashiv Khot have failed to resolve the situation.
Representatives of Sangharsh Samitis from the 10 districts that the project will criss-cross held discussions with Sharad Pawar on Tuesday.
“We will support him (Sharad Pawar) if he fights as an NDA nominated candidate, but he should not contest as a UPA candidate,” said Ramdas Athawale when asked about presidential elections.
Sharad Pawar was speaking at the public felicitation programme to mark Nitin Gadkari’s 61st birthday
The leaders said they are willing to “consider” if the ruling coalition proposes an “acceptable” name.
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He was the chief guest of the book launch event of Dr Hardikar along with S B Mujumdar, Founder and President Symbiosis Society and Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean BJ Medical College.