Sharad Pawar Heads to Crucial INDIA Bloc Meeting in Delhi

NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar left for Delhi to attend a meeting of the INDIA bloc following significant gains in the Lok Sabha elections. Despite losses, the BJP-led NDA is set to form the government with Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. Pawar's role will be pivotal in deciding the opposition's future actions.

PTI | Mumbai | Updated: 05-06-2024 10:23 IST | Created: 05-06-2024 10:23 IST
Sharad Pawar Heads to Crucial INDIA Bloc Meeting in Delhi
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NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar departed for Delhi on Wednesday morning to participate in a critical meeting of the opposition's INDIA bloc. This comes a day after the bloc made significant gains in the Lok Sabha elections, despite the BJP-led NDA failing to secure a landslide victory.

Sources indicated that Pawar, an 83-year-old former Union minister, is expected to arrive in Delhi around noon. His experienced hand is anticipated to be crucial in determining the opposition alliance's future strategies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to claim a third consecutive term, with the BJP-led NDA securing a majority in the Lok Sabha, despite considerable setbacks in the Hindi heartland. The BJP, running largely on Modi's popularity, won 240 seats—short of the 272 needed for a majority, necessitating support from allies.

On Tuesday, Pawar remarked that the electoral results indicated a favorable scenario for political change in the country. He emphasized that future actions will be decided through unanimous consultations with allies. Pawar's party, NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar), won eight out of 10 contested seats in Maharashtra.

Uddhav Thackeray, president of Shiv Sena (UBT), energized by the INDIA bloc's performance, called for a claim to form the next government. He stated that discussions with Congress and other party leaders, including Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, are underway to potentially join the bloc.

The JD(U) and TDP are currently part of the BJP-led NDA, poised to form the next government in the 543-member House. Pawar noted that while the opposition bloc is not likely to form the government, a decision on their future course will be reached unanimously.

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