NCP president Sharad Pawar on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. The meeting between Pawar and PM Modi lasted for nearly an hour. Sources said issues like Ministry of Cooperation and farmers issues were discussed in the meeting.
Taking to Twitter, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, "Met the Hon. Prime Minister of our country Shri Narendra Modi. Had a discussion on various issues of national interest."
Significantly, hours after meeting the PM, the veteran NCP leader, through a letter, flagged his reservations about the newly-formed Ministry of Cooperation which is headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
He said cooperative banking sector is a state subject. Citing Supreme Court judgments, he said that any attempt of interference by the centre will be a breach of the Constitution.
"I reiterate that the aims and objectives of the Amended Act are well-intentioned... co-operative principles laid down in the Constitution are not sacrificed at the altar of over-zealous regulation," wrote Sharad Pawar.
Meanwhile, refuting to any kind of rumours, Nawab Malik, NCP leader said, "Many people are trying to mislead. It's being said that Maharashtra opposition leaders met Sharad Pawar in the background (of his meetings with PM & Defence Minister). It's false that there has been a meeting between Pawar sahab & Maharashtra Opposition leaders in Delhi."
"BJP and NCP are two ends of a river, the two can't come together as long as there is water in the river. We are completely different, ideologically and politically," he added.
Pawar is a Rajya Sabha member and his party is a key constituent of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), which is led by Thackeray's Shiv Sena. Congress is the third ally in the MVA.