Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra that has pushed the Shiv Sena-led tripartite MVA government to the brink, AICC observer Kamal Nath met NCP president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on Wednesday. After meeting Nath at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, Pawar tweeted that they talked about “the upcoming presidential election and many other issues”. Earlier in the day, Pawar met state NCP president Jayant Patil and state home minister Dilip Walse Patil. A day earlier, Nath was appointed as AICC observer in Maharashtra in the wake of political turmoil in the state. The Congress, which has 44 MLAs in the assembly, shares power with the Shiv Sena and the NCP in the state.
Nath had insisted that Congress leaders are united and they are not for sale. For the upcoming presidential elections, the BJP-led NDA has fielded Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader from Odisha, while former Union minister Yashwant Sinha is the joint candidate of the major opposition parties. Pawar had earlier refused to be the opposition candidate for the presidential election.
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