The meeting between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sparked off intense speculations as to what is the real agenda. But Pawar after meeting Modi cleared the air .
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Pawar said the discussion was confined to farmers’ issues in Maharashtra. Though there was apprehension that the current political situation Maharashtra, where Pawar has a key role in government formation with Congress and Shiv Sena might be discussed.
In a letter to the PM, Pawar said he had collected data on crop damage from two districts, but damage because of excessive rains extends to rest of Maharashtra, including Marathwada and Vidarbha. “I’m collecting details and information regarding the same, which should be sent to you at the earliest. Due to the prevalence of Presidential Rule in the state, your urgent intervention is highly necessitated. I shall be grateful, if you take immediate steps to initiate massive relief measures and ameliorate the miseries of the distressed farmers,” the letter read. He later tweeted the letter
Met @PMOIndia Shri. Narendra Modi in Parliament today to discuss the issues of farmers in Maharashtra. This year the seasonal rainfall has created Havoc engulfing 325 talukas of Maharashtra causing heavy damage of crops over 54.22 lakh hectares of area. pic.twitter.com/90Nt7ZlWGs
— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) November 20, 2019