Sharad Pawar raises concern on the new ministry with PM Modi


Apart from meeting PM Modi, Sharad Pawar also wrote him a letter, flagging concerns on the Ministry of Cooperation.


The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today for a meeting which lasted over 50 minutes at the latter’s residence. As per reports, Pawar has raised concerns over the newly-formed Ministry of Cooperation which is headed by Amit Shah, and farmers’ issues.


The meeting was confirmed by Prime Minister’s Office in a tweet. Citing Supreme Court’s judgment, Pawar has written a letter to PM Modi flagging concerns on the Ministry of Cooperation and said the cooperative banking sector is a state subject, any attempt of interference by the center will be a breach of the Constitution.


Earlier this week, Pawar had commented on the formation of the new Ministry of Cooperation a day before the mega reshuffle of PM Modi’s cabinet. He said laws for the cooperation sector had been framed in the Maharashtra assembly and that the center has no right to interfere with legislation drafted by the state.


The meeting also comes two days ahead of the monsoon session of parliament and amid reports of strains in the Shiv Sena-led alliance in Maharashtra, of which Pawar’s party is a constituent.


Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik on Thursday said that reports of Sharad Pawar being a candidate for the presidential election next year are baseless.


Speaking to ANI Malik said that there has been no such talk in the party or with other parties.


“Reports of Sharad Pawar being a presidential-poll candidate are baseless. There are no presidential polls soon. Conditions after polls in 5 states will be reviewed. There has been no such talk in the party or with other parties. News is fabricated,” said Nawab Malik.