New Delhi : Amidst talk of NCP giving mixed signals on its alliance with Congress for Lok Sabha polls, the BJP on Friday denied there were any meetings between Sharad Pawar and party leader Narendra Modi and dismissed speculation of a likely tie up.
“There was no meeting between the two,” BJP President Rajnath Singh said when asked if Pawar and Modi had met in Delhi recently. “There is no talk of an alliance with NCP,” Singh said. The NCP on Friday sent out conflicting signals on the issue of its alliance for Lok Sabha polls with party chief Pawar rubbishing reports that he had met Modi while senior party leader Praful Patel said that their “options are open”.
“News of my meeting with Modi in New Delhi on January 17 appeared in a newspaper and is completely mischievous, baseless and false,” Pawar said in a Tweet.
The post followed a front page report in a Marathi daily that the NCP chief had secretly met Modi in New Delhi recently. NCP is the second largest constituent of the Congress-led UPA.
The newspaper report had claimed that the meeting between Pawar and Modi had lasted nearly 30 minutes and senior leaders of NCP and BJP were not aware.
Reflecting the unease in Congress-NCP ties in Maharashtra and apparently preparing for a tough bargain, Patel said, the Congress had delayed seat-sharing talks “far too long” and the party was losing patience. “It is not a good sign because elections are round the corner and all political parties need clarity on issues. Options for all political parties are open as long as they are very clear,” Patel said. “We are losing patience because Congress is delaying alliance talks,” he added.