Maharashtra: No dispute in INDIA bloc over convenor`s post, says Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday asserted that there was no dispute among the INDIA bloc members over appointing its convenor, reported the PTI.

Sharad Pawar said that there was no need to project any face for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as the leader can be chosen once the results are declared, as per the PTI.

He said that during a virtual meeting of INDIA bloc leaders held on Saturday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s name was suggested for the post of convenor, but the latter was of the view that a team of party chiefs should be formed and that there is no need to appoint a convenor.

During the virtual meeting, the INDIA bloc leaders discussed various aspects of the alliance and the preparations for the Lok Sabha elections due in April-May.

Talking to reporters at Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra after attending the meeting, Sharad Pawar said, “There was a suggestion made by the bloc members (during the meeting) that Nitish Kumar be appointed as its convenor, but the latter said that a team of party chiefs should be formed and that there is no need to appoint a convenor,” the news agency reported on Saturday.

“There is no need to project one face to seek votes. We will select the leader after the elections and we are confident of providing an alternative. In 1977, Morarji Desai was not projected as the prime ministerial face by the opposition,” the NCP chief said, adding that it was a positive sign that several parties were coming together.

Sharad Pawar said he could not attend the entire virtual meeting as he had some other pre-scheduled engagements.

“Candidates (for the Lok Sabha elections) were not discussed…We will discuss seat-sharing. For the Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, seat-sharing was discussed and we will announce once it is finalised,” Pawar said.

The INDIA bloc meeting discussed programmes, policies to be taken up. It was decided that a committee would be formed that will decide on holding joint rallies of the allies all over the country, he said.

On the Ram temple issue, Sharad Pawar said, “Nobody opposes the Ram temple in Ayodhya, but the political motive in holding the consecration ceremony in the temple whose construction is not yet complete is being questioned.”

(with PTI inputs)

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