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Sharad Pawar meets PM Modi in Delhi, says discussed ‘issues of national interest’

The meeting comes amid speculations that Pawar will be the Opposition’s candidate for the President’s post, election for which is due in 2022. The NCP chief, however, has dismissed such reports.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 17, 2021 9:53:40 pm
PM Narendra Modi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar meet at the former's residence in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met at the former’s residence in New Delhi on Saturday.

“Rajya Sabha MP Shri Sharad Pawar met PM Narendra Modi,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, along with a photo of the two leaders. The meeting comes two days before Parliament’s Monsoon session starts on Monday.

Following the meeting, Pawar, in a tweet, said, “Met the Hon. Prime Minister of our country Shri Narendra Modi. Had a discussion on various issues of national interest.”

Subsequently, Pawar tweeted a letter he wrote to the Prime Minister about the amendment in the Banking Act. “I wish to point out certain inconsistencies and the resulting legal inefficacy of normative provisions of the Act that are in conflict, most specifically with the 97th Constitutional Amendment, State Cooperative Societies Acts and with the Cooperative Principles.

“I reiterated in the letter that the aims and objectives of the amended Act are well-intentioned and many provisions are necessary. Erring board and management must definitely be acted upon strictly and the depositors’ interests should be protected, but at the same time it should be ensured that while doing so, the cooperative principles laid down in the Constitution are not sacrificed at the altar of over-zealous regulation,” Pawar tweeted.

This letter comes days after the Centre formed a new Ministry of Cooperation which is headed by senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah. The cooperative sector is movement is well entrenched in states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka.

The meeting also comes amid speculations that Pawar will be the Opposition’s candidate for the President’s post, election for which is due in 2022. Pawar, however, has dismissed such reports, with his party saying that the result for someone contesting against the candidate of a party which has overwhelming numbers in Parliament will be a foregone conclusion.

The speculation came after poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s multiple meetings with Pawar and Congress leaders Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi.

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