NCP Chief Sharad Pawar meets PM Modi in Delhi for nearly an hour

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for almost an hour in New Delhi. Both leaders held talks, fuelling speculations about political issues in Maharashtra. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted a photo of their meeting but did not share any details about their talks.

The NCP chief met PM Modi in connection with amendments made by the Central government in Banking Regulation Act to limit rights of cooperative banks, according to party leader.

The meeting between the both comes two days before the monsoon session of Parliament, which is set to begin on July 19.

Pawar called on PM Modi a day after he met defense minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Congress leader AK Antony for an “informal interaction” on the border scenario with China and Pakistan and also the current situation in Afghanistan.

In a tweet Mr. Pawar said, “Met the Hon. Prime Minister of our country Shri Narendra Modi. Had a discussion on various issues of national interest.” The meeting comes two days before Parliament’s Monsoon session starts on July 19.

The 80-year-old veteran leader is widely recognised for his warm political relations. He is the main architect of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra and is seen as a backbone for any future Opposition alliance against the BJP.

Ahead of the monsoon session, the newly-appointed leader of Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal held consultations with NCP chief Pawar along with former PM Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Friday, government officials said.

Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi has called an all-party meeting on July 18 at 11 am in which PM Modi is also likely to be present, news agency ANI reported citing people familiar with the matter.

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