Sharad Pawar | Shiv Sena Allies, Congress Disagree on Reports of ‘Pawar as Head of UPA’; Disdainful Supreme NCP

Sharad Pawar (file photo) | Photo credit: ANI

Key points

  • Sanjay Raut said his party will be happy if Pawar becomes head of the UPA
  • Congressional leader Sanjay Nirupam said that such rumors are a conspiracy against the Congress party.

Bombay: Even as Sharad Pawar has dismissed reports that he took control of the United Progressive Alliance, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) allies Shiv Sena and Congress have expressed differing views on his “rumored” elevation. While Shiv Sena’s deputy Sanjay Raut said his party would be “very happy if he becomes the head of the UPA”, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said that Sonia Gandhi is and will continue to be the head of the UPA.

This are good news. But as far as I know, Pawar Sahab has denied such reports. Pawar Sahab is a great leader in the country and Maharashtra. We have all been working under his direction. If Pawar Sahab himself comments on this, then we can discuss the matter further, “Raut said.

“Sonia Gandhi was and is president of the UPA. We discard all the names that are being suggested as head of the UPA. This is a conspiracy against the Congress party and such attempts will be crushed soon,” said Sanjay Nirupam.

NCP rejects reports

Meanwhile, the PNC has dismissed as “unfounded” reports that Pawar took over as head of the United Progressive Alliance. Pawar himself dismissed the reports when asked about assuming the post of head of the UPA.

Shiv Sena, Congress and the PNC met under the umbrella of Maha Vikas Aghadi after the 2019 Assembly elections. The alliance between three ideologically different parties came after the BJP and Shiv Sena failed to reach consensus. on the position of prime minister. However, Shiv Sena is not part of the UPA. Sonia Gandhi, who retired as head of Congress in 2017, continued as president of the UPA. She has been serving as the acting president of Congress after her son Rahul Gandhi resigned in 2019 following a debacle in the 2019 general election.