Why so much fuss about Sharad Pawar hosting Rashtra Manch meeting

Veteran politician and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has set off a contemporary buzz in Delhi. He is hosting a meeting of Opposition leaders, presumably excluding these from the Congress and the Shiv Sena — the 2 NCP allies within the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities in Maharashtra.

Apart from senior politicians equivalent to Farooq Abdullah, D Raja and naturally Yashwant Singh, studies say some well-known writers, journalists and intellectuals have been invited to the meeting at Sharad Pawar’s residence in New Delhi. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) can be represented by Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh and the Samajwadi Party by spokesperson Ghanshyam Tiwari.

The major cause for this meeting getting so much consideration is that it’s being held a day after Sharad Pawar met political strategist Prashant Kishor. It was their second meeting inside 10 days.

Another curious side is that the meeting is being held underneath the Rashtra Manch banner, a platform launched by Yashwant Sinha in January this yr.


Launching the Rashtra Manch, Yashwant Sinha known as it “not an organisation but a national movement” whereas asserting that it could be a “non-party” political motion group.

Yashwant Sinha had mentioned the Rashtra Manch would work to spotlight nationwide points as he took on the Narendra Modi authorities over its insurance policies and alleged that democratic establishments have been underneath assault.

A spectrum of political leaders attended the Rashtra Manch launch within the nationwide capital. Some of the larger names have been:

-Dinesh Trivedi who was with the TMC at the moment however joined the BJP in March

-Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon of the NCP

-Rajya Sabha MP Renuka Chowdhury and Shatrughan Sinha of the Congress

-Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh of the AAP

-Former Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma of the Janata Dal-United (JDU)

-Yashwant Sinha’s former BJP colleague Suresh Mehta, the previous Gujarat chief minister

-RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary

-Former Union ministers Sompal Shastri (BJP) and Harmohan Dhawan (at present with the AAP)


Yashwant Sinha is a former Union minister who held key portfolios equivalent to finance and exterior affairs within the governments led by Chandrashekhar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

During the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Yashwant Sinha was the vice-president of the BJP. He resigned from the submit after the BJP’s defeat within the polls. He together with Arun Shourie was among the many senior BJP leaders to sound a bugle of dissent in opposition to the Narendra Modi authorities.

When he stop the BJP in 2018, Yashwant Sinha mentioned his choice got here out of the “party’s condition” underneath the present management and alleged that “democracy in India is in great danger”.

Launching the Rashtra Manch, Yashwant Sinha mentioned, “Everybody in the BJP is living in fear. We are not.”

In March, Yashwant Sinha joined the TMC to aspect with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her political struggle in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He repeated his chorus, “Democracy is in danger under the BJP.”


Prashant Kishor is the hyperlink that brought Sharad Pawar to the Rashtra Manch, although NCP chief Majeed Memon was at its launch. Both Prashant Kishor and Sharad Pawar have been as soon as thought of near PM Modi.

PM Modi has publicly admitted Sharad Pawar as one of many political gurus. Prashant Kishor acquired his branding as political strategist in India after his affiliation with Narendra Modi, when he was the Gujarat chief minister and later the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

Both have fallen out with PM Modi since then. Prashant Kishor has partnered with PM Modi’s staunch rivals together with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for Delhi Assembly polls, Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, the DMK in Tamil Nadu and the TMC in West Bengal.

Interestingly, each Sharad Pawar and Prashant Kishor have been advocates of making an alternate in nationwide politics to tackle the BJP. Several makes an attempt, nonetheless, of floating a 3rd entrance have failed previously.


Sharing particulars of the Rashtra Manch meeting hosted by Sharad Pawar, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik mentioned the gathering would “discuss the current scenario in our country”.

Curiously, Prashant Kishor, who’s believed to be the architect of this meeting informed India Today that gathering of politicians and intellectuals was not about “any such third front”.

Prashant Kishor said he did not believe {that a} third or fourth entrance can problem BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha polls. This leaves each scope for hypothesis about a tea-party hosted by a seasoned politician.

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