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PM praises Pawar's NCP amid Maharashtra turmoil

PM praises Pawar
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PM Modi's praise for Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Parliament, at a time the party is engrossed in all-out efforts to form a...

New Delhi: PM Modi's praise for Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Parliament, at a time the party is engrossed in all-out efforts to form a non-BJP coalition to take power in Maharashtra, drew much comment on Monday.

Modi was speaking at a special discussion to mark the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha.

"Today, I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD (Biju Janata Dal of Naveen Patnaik)," said the Prime Minister, opening the discussion.

"These parties have wonderfully adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well of the house (to protest). Yet, they have made their points very effectively.

Every political party, including my party, should learn from them," Modi said.

The Prime Minister was speaking on the practice of members rushing to the centre of the House and shouting slogans while raising protests in the House.

The praise for NCP stands out at a time Sharad Pawar is a key player in trying to stitch the unlikeliest of all alliances in Maharashtra, between the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

And especially when the Shiv Sena, the BJP's oldest ally, today officially sat in the opposition benches after their falling out over power sharing in Maharashtra.

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