New Delhi,July 1 ():Sharad Pawar, founder of NCP and ally of Congress had three-day-long ‘secret’ parleys with industrialist Gautam Adani at Mount Abu, Rajasthan. Later, Sharad Pawar turned up at Narendra Modi’s office to discuss the outcome of drought.
With Maharashtra Assembly elections due later this year, observers feel the parleys with Adani, person close to Modi and target of Rahul Gandhi could be an indication of NCP link with the Congress party and getting closer to Narendra Modi and BJP.
Adani may bring NCP closer to the BJP. On Saturday, Sharad Pawar accompanied by Adani, reached Mount Abu by road from Ahmedabad. They stayed at the latter’s bungalow in Oriya village on the outskirts of Mount Abu. While Pawar left by road on Monday noon, Adani preferred to stay back. Sharad Pawar remained inside the bungalow. They were seen on Saturday evening at Jain temple in Dilwara, near Mount Abu.
During UPA- II, Sharad Pawar had argued for the Adani Group when its coal mines situated near Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve in Maharashtra were cancelled on environmental concerns. Jairam Ramesh as union minister had cancelled the coal blocks. Pawar convinced Adani to set up a power plant at Gondia the constituency of NCP leader and the former Union heavy industries minister, Praful Patel.
Sharad Pawar moving towards Modi is seen as pressure tactics to make Congress remove Chavan from CM post in Maharashtra. The only option is that NCP that lost the national status merge with BJP and contest assembly elections on Lotus symbol as Shiva Sena is not for sharing seats with NCP.
Congress is watching the move as it knows that the NCP has limited options with Shiv Sena and MNS not inclined to get NCP into their alliance.
Sources say that Pawar was trying to get Modi to take a soft stance on the import and export of sugar and onions, as these areas are his support base. Pawar’s pressure tactics cost UPA dearly as prices of onion doubled.