Uddhav meets Sharad Pawar in surprise move

Uddhav meets Sharad Pawar in surprise move

Uddhav meets Sharad Pawar in surprise move

In a surprise political move, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has met NCP supremo Sharad Pawar in Mumbai.

The meeting a few days ago seems to be the Shiv Sena's plan to rub shoulders with anti-Narendra Modi forces. A similar meeting took place between him and West Bengal chief minister and All India Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee last week and they discussed important political .

Uddhav-Pawar meeting was kept under wraps for nearly 10 days. The NCP president disclosed it at the end of a two-day brain storming session of his party at Karjat in Raigad district.

"A few days ago, Uddhav Thackeray and Sanjay Raut met me," Pawar said about the meeting at his Silver Oak residence in Mumbai.

However, Shiv Sena has so far maintained a discreet silence about the meeting.

The meeting comes at a time when relations between the BJP and the Shiv Sena - oldest allies - are at a new low. Sena is part of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre and the two allies together run the government in Maharashtra.

Pawar said Uddhav does not seem happy with the BJP but has not said anything about coming out of the alliance. The NCP would go with like-minded parties, he replied to a question.

Pawar next PM

On Monday, NCP general secretary Praful Patel said that Pawar could be the next prime minister. "Given the current political situation, he (Pawar) could be the prime minister after the (2019) polls….his desire could be fulfilled; 2019 would be the year of NCP and Sharad Pawar..it is the wish of all of us," the former civil aviation minister said at the party's Karjat conclave.