NCP President Sharad Pawar met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday (June 29), amid speculation in state political circles about disagreements in Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) administration, which is led by a Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition.
The discussion took place amid reports that the Shiv Sena is mulling reconciliation with the BJP, its 35-year ally. According to insiders, Pawar drove to Varsha, the chief minister’s official residence in the upscale Malabar Hill district of south Mumbai, and spoke with Thackeray for many hours.
The meeting takes place ahead of the state legislature’s two-day monsoon session, which begins on July 5. The Shiv Sena issued a whip to party legislators on Tuesday, ordering them to attend the whole two-day session. MVA partners have had various opinions on how to handle issues such as the Maratha quota and OBC reservations. Nana Patole, the Maharashtra Congress head, has stated that the partnership with the Sena has come to an end and that his party will run alone in the next elections.
People would beat those who talk about contesting elections alone without presenting solutions to people’s issues, Thackeray said, referring to the great old party. Pawar recently expressed optimism that Maharashtra’s MVA administration, which took office in 2019, will serve out its full term, and lauded Shiv Sena ally Shiv Sena, adding it is the only party one can trust.
His comments came following Thackeray’s one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and Pawar’s meeting with BJP leader and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai earlier this month.
Pawar further stated that the MVA will do well in the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, implying that the three parties may run together in the 2024 elections.