“Not A Third Front Meet”: On Talks At Sharad Pawar’s, A Clarification



'Not A Third Front Meet': On Talks At Sharad Pawar's, A Clarification

New Delhi:

Veteran politician Sharad Pawar is “not hosting a third front meeting”, it was clarified hours before what now appears to be a gathering of politicians and intellectuals to “debate current events”.

Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, a former BJP leader who recently joined the Trinamool Congress, tweeted last evening that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar was hosting a meeting of his “Rashtra Manch”, a political action group he set up in 2018.

“We shall have a meeting of the Rashtra Manch tomorrow at 4 PM. Sri Sharad Pawar has kindly agreed to host the meeting at his place,” Mr Sinha said.

Those associated with the event were at pains to clarify that the gathering has nothing to do with putting together a Third Front to fight Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP in the 2024 election.

Besides politicians, “eminent people from various fields” have been invited to the meeting, which diminishes the political heft that it was first given.

The invitees include senior advocate KTS Tulsi, former chief election commissioner SY Qureshi, former ambassador KC Singh, lyricist Javed Akhtar, filmmaker Pritish Nandy, senior lawyer Colin Gonsalves, media personalities Karan Thapar and Ashutosh, said NCP leader Nawab Mallik.

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