NCP leader Majeed Memon also emphasized the fact that the meeting was called by Yashwant Sinha and that Pawar merely hosted the meeting.
The 2.5 hours meeting of the ‘Rashtra Manch’ that took place at NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar’s residence in Delhi wasn’t a political one, the party clarified on Tuesday. Eight political parties, including Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, took part in the meeting that was chaired by TMC Leader Yashwant Sinha.
The Congress, notably, was missing from the meeting.
This meeting was called by Rashtra Manch chief Yashwant Sinha & convened with the help of all founding members and workers of Rashtra Manch. This is being said that Sharad Pawar sahab is taking big political step & Congress has been boycotted. This is incorrect: Majeed Memon, NCP pic.twitter.com/JFuMcHb80G
— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2021
“There are talks that the meeting was for a third front without the Congress, which is not the truth,” said NCP leader Majid Memon. “There is no discrimination. We called all like-minded people. We also invited Congress leaders. I called Vivek Tanha, Manish Tiwari, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Shatrughan Sinha for the meeting. They couldn’t come. It’s not true that we didn’t invite Congress.”
Memon also emphasized the fact that the meeting was called by Yashwant Sinha and that Sharad Pawar merely hosted the meeting.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, RLD’s Jayant Choudhary, the Samajwadi Party’s Ghanshyam Tiwari; AAP leader Sushil Gupta; CPI’s Binoy Viswam, and CPM’s Nilotpal Basu were among those who attended the meet.
“It was not a political meeting but an interaction among like-minded people. Issues like Covid management, ‘attack’ on institutions, and unemployment were discussed,” Nilotpal Basu told reporters.
The meeting came at a time when Opposition parties are exploring ways to come up with a third front ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Political circles were abuzz that the meeting would be about the upcoming elections after Sharad Pawar held discussions with election strategist Prashant Kishor twice in two weeks.