PM Modi Praises Sharad Pawar's NCP Amid Maharashtra Turmoil

PM Modi Praises Sharad Pawar

PM Modi Praises Sharad Pawar's NCP Amid Maharashtra Turmoil

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today shout-out for Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in parliament. This comes at a time when the non-BJP coalition is being formed to form the government in Maharashtra. PM Modi was speaking at a special discussion to mark the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha or upper house of parliament.

"Today, I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD (Biju Janata Dal of Naveen Patnaik)," said the Prime Minister, opening the discussion.

"These parties have wonderfully adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well of the house (to protest). Yet, they have made their points very effectively. Every political party, including my party, should learn from them," PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister was speaking on the practice of members rushing to the centre of the house and shouting slogans while raising protests in the house.

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The appreciation of NCP chief comes as a time when he is a key player in trying to stitch the unlikeliest of all alliances in Maharashtra, between the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress. The other importance of the appreciation is that today BJP's oldest ally Shiv Sena officially sat in the opposition benches after their falling out over power-sharing in Maharashtra.

BJP in Maharashtra said no to form the government after ally Sena demanded rotational CM birth and did not give up their demand.

The Shiv Sena, which won 56 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, immediately pulled out its only minister from PM Modi's government and began talks with the NCP and Congress. The three together have 154 seats, nine more than the majority mark.

The Sena almost staked claim to power last Monday when it was forced to instead request the governor for more time after the NCP held back its letter of support. Congress said it needed more discussions.

Sources in NCP believe that Sharad Pawar is under pressure from the centre to stall the alliance. Senior party leaders like Ajit Pawar and Praful Patel have been booked in Enforcement Directorate cases.

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