New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar will on Monday meet all his party ministers in the Maharashtra government amid public differences with ally Shiv Sena over issues like handing over of the Elgar Parishad probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and implementation of the National Population Register (NPR) in the state. Also Read - Sharad Pawar Facing 'Perception War', Scared NIA Probe Will Reveal Truth: Devendra Fadnavis
The NCP chief had on Friday lashed out at Shiv Sena chief and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for allowing the NIA to take over the probe into the Elgar Parishad case from the state police, remarking that since law and order was a state subject, it was ‘unfair’ for the rights of the state to be ‘encroached’ upon. Also Read - 'Unfair': Pawar Criticises Uddhav Thackeray Led-Maharashtra Govt Over Transfer of Bhima-Koregaon Case to NIA
Interestingly, initially, even the Sena had criticised the Centre for transferring the probe to the NIA. However, eventually, CM Thackeray approved the handing over of the probe, allegedly overruling state Home Minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.
Another bone of contention between the Sena and its ideologically opposite allies the NCP and Congress, is the NPR which the latter two have strongly objected to. However, while maintaining that the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will not be implemented in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister has given a green light to the NPR, with the exercise set to commence in the state from May 1.
The parties are also divided over Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who is idolised by the Sena but criticised by its two MVA allies.
The Sena and the NCP-Congress combine came together after the former broke its ties with its now-former three-decade-long ally, the BJP over the saffron party’s refusal to share the Chief Minister’s chair. The two parties split despite winning a clear majority in October’s state Assembly Election.
NCP chief Pawar is widely credited as the ‘architect’ of the alliance.