NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule and Nawab Malik hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and asked him to exercise restraint while speaking about Sharad Pawar.
In Goa, Pawar claimed his party has a base and senior NCP leader Praful Patel as well as Sanjay Raut from the Shiv Sena are in talks with the Congress for a larger secular alliance.
There is a common thinking that BJP should be defeated there and talks are in progress, he said.
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Speaking during an event organised by Marathi daily 'Loksatta', Pawar said barring him, there was no other minister in the erstwhile UPA government who could have a dialogue with Modi.
Sources said more such meetings would be held in the next few days, in a bid to bring all opposition forces together.
Lok Sabha MP Amol Kohle added that Sharad Pawar is the ideological heir of Shahu Maharaj, the first king in India to offer reservations in pre-independent India to the oppressed class.
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Raut was speaking at the launch of Nemkachi Bolane, a collection of Pawar's speeches that also dwells on the vendetta politics that the country is witnessing presently.
The Sena leader said his party thinks Congress has the ability to lead the Opposition through UPA and Rahul Gandhi has the qualities to lead the Opposition.
Taking a swipe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said one can’t do politics in India by staying in a foreign country.
The Trinamool Congress supremo paid a visit to Pawar on Wednesday after meeting Shiv Sena leaders the day before.
The West Bengal chief minister has a packed schedule as she would be attending a host of events, including an entrepreneur’s conference.
Sources in the BJP and NCP played down the significance of the visits of their respective leaders to the national capital at the same time.
Taking a dig at state BJP president Chandrakant Patil for his reported comments that the MVA dispensation will soon collapse, Raut said he should wake up from slumber.
Talking about the naxal menace in the district, which borders on Chhattisgarh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the situation was improving.