Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend a function being organised by NCP president Sharad Pawar in his home turf Baramati on February 14, fuelling speculation on the prospect of the BJP and the NCP narrowing down their differences after a bitter electoral campaign last year.
State NCP president Sunil Tatkare told The Indian Express that he was given to understand that Modi was going to attend a function organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Baramati.
Tatkare defended the move saying “what is wrong in the Prime Minister addressing a function that relates to development work”. “And Pawar (saheb) has always taken keen interest in the development of both the state and the country,” he said.
A close aide of Pawar said the KVK at Baramati was a leading resources and knowledge centre of agriculture technology built for the betterment of the farming community.
Interestingly, Modi has also received an invitation from former Union minister and senior NCP leader Praful Patel to attend a function in his hometown Gondia in the Vidarbha region in the second week of February.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and senior BJP leader Girish Bapat said the PM himself had taken the initiative for development across the country. “There is nothing wrong if he is attending a function which is for the larger welfare of the people,” he said, adding that development issues should be kept out of politics. Bapat indicated that he would also participate in the function in Baramati in his role as the guardian minister of Pune district.