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Pawar claims he did not meet Modi in Delhi, terms media report as baseless

Pawar dismissed media reports and claimed that he had not met Modi in the national capital in January.

New Delhi | Published: January 31, 2014 11:23 am

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday slammed as “completely mischievous” and “baseless” a media report about his meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the national capital.

“News of my meeting with Narendra Modi in New Delhi on January 17 appeared in a newspaper. (It) is completely mischievous, baseless & false,” the Agriculture Minister said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Pawar’s tweets followed a front page report in a Marathi newspaper that the NCP chief is understood to have secretly met Modi in New Delhi on that day.

“During state visits or in Chief Ministers conferences in Delhi, I meet CMs and barring these occasions, never met Modi in the last one year,” Pawar, whose party is the second largest constituent of the Congress-led UPA, said in another tweet.

The report claimed that the meeting had lasted nearly 30 minutes and that even senior leaders of the NCP and the BJP were not aware of it.

The meeting signals that the hands of the “clock” (symbol of NCP) is turning towards the “lotus” (symbol of BJP), the report had said.

NCP chief spokesperson D P Tripathi said, “Pawar was not even in Delhi on the day when the meeting was supposed to have taken place”.

NCP is in alliance with the Congress and sharing power in Maharashtra since 1999, months after Pawar parted ways with Congress on the issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin.

NCP is part of the UPA at the Centre for the past 10 years.

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  1. I
    Imaran Khan
    Jan 31, 2014 at 7:40 am
    Sharad Pawar is a known politician for changing his stands. He is not reliable leader . He make lots of money by corrupt mean but Kejriwal silent on him, because he is one of the biggest fund- donner of AAP. Earlier, Pawar's party colleague Praful Patel seemed to frown at Congress vice-president Rahul hi's allegation that Narendra Modi "abetted" the 2002 Gujarat riots.
    1. M
      Jan 31, 2014 at 7:25 am
      A party born out of Soni's foreign origin, honeymooning with her party for the last decade has not any ideology, only want power. So he can go any extend to fulfill his political ambitions
      1. V
        vicky shah
        Jan 31, 2014 at 9:12 am
        modi's ideologi is defferent, pawar is the secular leader andpawar know the value of securarism , they can't shake hand with modi..
        1. S
          Jan 31, 2014 at 9:35 am
          this is politicle agenda playing by BJP, they are now telling untrue story to people..