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Sharad Pawar Calls For NCP meet

Sharad Pawar Calls For NCP meet
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Nationalist Congress party (NCP) supremo, Sharad Pawar called for a meeting of all NCP leaders on Monday, suggesting cracks in the Maha Vikas Aghadi...

Nationalist Congress party (NCP) supremo, Sharad Pawar called for a meeting of all NCP leaders on Monday, suggesting cracks in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance, which is in power in Maharashtra, over passing on the Bhima Koregaon case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Sharad Pawar summoned all NCP ministers in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra cabinet to the meeting.

The Bhima-Koregaon case relating to Elgar Parishad and quota for Muslims, are expected to be among the points of discussion in the meeting. The NCP has been critical of Uddhav Thackeray's decision to hand over the Bhima-Koregaon case to NIA. Moreover, it did so over the Home Minister who is from the NCP.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has also criticised the Centre over its hasty decision to take the case away from Maharashtra government authorities. The Bhima-Koregaon case had been a bone of contention between the opposition and the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government earlier.

The Bhima-Koregaon case relates to the government's contention that the violence which erupted in January 2018 after the Elgar Parishad conference in Pune, was engineered by activists with Maoist links.

The Shiv Sena has been the butt of constant criticism from its former ally and senior partner, the BJP, over the last few weeks. At the same time, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) led by Raj Thackeray has taken an aggressive stand supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The MNS supremo has called for the expulsion from Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, of all illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

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