Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut joked on Tuesday that NCP chairman Sharad Pawar may have advised former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on how to be a ‘good leader in the world’. ‘opposition’ at their meeting a day ago.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Raut dismissed the prospects of any new political arithmetic emerging in the state. “Forget ‘Operation Lotus’ in Maharashtra. It will not happen here, not in West Bengal. Why bring a political angle to every meeting? ” he said.
Fadnavis, who is the opposition leader in the Maharashtra Assembly, called Pawar (80) on Monday and later called it a “courtesy meeting”.
The meeting took place against the backdrop of the BJP’s criticism of the Maharashtra government led by Shiv Sena for its handling of the Maratha quota issue and the COVID-19 situation in the state. The NCP and Congress share power with the Maharashtra Sena.
Pawar underwent gallbladder surgery in April of this year, following which he was advised to rest. Asked about the meeting between the two leaders, Raut searched Fadnavis saying, “Sharad Pawar may have advised Devendra Fadnavis on how to be a good opposition leader. If he continues to do so, the opposition (BJP) will not come to power (in the state) for the next 100 years.
“This (the meeting) could be about how to play his role (as leader of the opposition) in the interest of the state, the public and the nation,” added the Sena chief. Asked about any political angle to the meeting between Pawar and Fadnavis, Raut said the BJP leader himself called it a “courtesy meeting”.