Maratha reservation, preparations for Lok Sabha and assembly elections were discussed in Pawar-Thackeray meeting: Raut.

Mumbai, November 8 (Language) Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said that yesterday’s meeting between party president Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar arose due to the intensified demand for Maratha reservation in Maharashtra. There was discussion regarding the political situation and preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Talking to reporters, Raut said that yesterday the meeting between Thackeray and Pawar was held at the NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) president’s residence ‘Silver Oak’ and it lasted for about one and a half hours.

He said, “Congress leaders were not present in the meeting as they are busy campaigning for the assembly elections being held in five states. Uddhav ji and Pawar Saheb discussed the political situation arising in Maharashtra after the protests demanding Maratha reservation and the stand to be adopted by the opposition on it.

The Shiv Sena (UBT) MP said that if Maharashtra Assembly elections are held along with the Lok Sabha elections, then what should be the strategy of the opposition at that time and the seat sharing formula was also discussed. He said that the final meeting will be held in Delhi.

Raut said there is no disagreement among the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) constituents regarding seat sharing and everything will be decided smoothly.

The MVA includes Shiv Sena (UBT), Sharad Pawar-led NCP and Congress. All three parties (when Shiv Sena and NCP were not divided) came to power in Maharashtra in November 2019 but the Uddhav Thackeray-led government collapsed in June 2022 after the rebellion in Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde.

Under Shinde’s leadership, 39 Shiv Sena MLAs formed the government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shinde became the Chief Minister. NCP leader Ajit Pawar and eight MLAs also joined the Shinde government in July this year.

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