Prime News, National, Democracy, Farmers, Politics, Mumbai, June 26:- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday (June 25) claimed that the formation of any national alliance was not the topic of discussion at the meeting of eight Opposition parties hosted by him earlier this week, but also said that if any such coalition emerges, its leadership will have to be “collective.”
The aim of the meeting at his Delhi residence on Tuesday (June 22) was to discuss how they can support the ongoing farmers’ agitation, he told reporters here.
Speculation was rife that the agenda of the meeting, for which no Congress leader was present, was to discuss a possible alliance that could be an alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“Currently, farmers are protesting on the borders of Delhi. The protest is apolitical, however, we thought as it is related to agriculture, in which way we can support them…The aim was to come together and discuss how we can help the farmers by raising the issues in Parliament and giving suggestions to the Centre,” Pawar said.
The idea was to come out with a white paper and put forth the issues related to the farm sector before the Union government, the former Union agriculture minister said.
Asked what would be the form of any future alliance against the BJP and what would be Congress’s place in it, Pawar said, “There was no discussion on this, however, in my view Congress should be taken along if any alternative alliance is to be formed. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)