Mumbai: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Saturday met industrialist Gautam Adani at his residence in Ahmedabad.
Pawar along with Adani inaugurated India's first lactoferrin plant "Exympower" at Vasna, Chacharwadi near Ahmedabad in Gujarat. After the program the duo had one-on-one discussion for about 45 min at Adani's Ahmedabad residence, sources said.
When asked about it Pawar's grandson and NCP MLA Rohit Pawar said that such informal meetings lead to framing of state policies.
"What is so strange?" asks Pawar's grandson
"What is so strange about Sharad Pawar meeting Gautam Adani? They do meet often. Sharad Pawar keeps meeting Ambani, Adani... He meets even smaller industrialists. At such meetings discussions about the development of the state and the nation take place. Such discussions later lead to the state policies. Policies can't be formed without taking into account all the stakeholders," Rohit Pawar told the media on Saturday.
Pawar's meetings with Adani had always remained in news for one reason or the other. Recently, the interaction between the duo grabbed media attention on April 20, when the business tycoon met Sharad Pawar at the latter's Mumbai residence. The Hindenburg report was the hot topic back then and the duo had talks for about a couple of hours. After the meeting Pawar had openly backed the Adani group while brushing away the allegations levelled in the report. After that the duo again met at Sharad Pawar's Mumbai residence Silver Oak on June 2. The meeting lasted only for about half an hour.
The issue of meetings between the duo came up for discussion again about three weeks back when the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi renewed his party's attack against the Adani group during I.N.D.I.A. block meet in Mumbai. Interestingly, despite their differences over Adani, the Congress accepted Pawar as one of the coordinators of the I.N.D.I.A. allIance.