21st July, 2012, New Delhi: Just a day after Sharad Pawar threatened to leave the government, Congress and Pawar’s party Nationalist Congress Party insisted that their coalition is intact. But still there are some areas of conflict and NCP have a set of demands.
Recently, it was reported that Sharad Pawar was not happy after losing out the number two spot in UPA following Pranab Mukherjee’s departure. On Friday, Pawar met both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh who publicly stated that the NCP chief is a very valued colleague whose knowledge, wisdom and experience are a great asset to our government and to placate him the NCP chief has been named the chief of empowered group of ministers on drought-related issues.
Later in a press conference, Praful Patel, the minister for heavy industries, told that Nationalist Congress Party to be an intact part of the United Progressive Alliance. He denied all the reports that Sharad Pawar was longing to up in the pecking order and added, “We are unhappy with some aspects that have been raised by Pawar in personal meetings with the PM and Sonia Gandhi.”