Sulking NCP leader Mr Sharad Pawar, who is believed to have resigned from the Union Cabinet aggrieved over a variety of issues, today met the UPA chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Pawar drove down to 10 Janpath apparently to discuss various issues including Congress’ treatment of its allies.

Mr Pawar and NCP leader Mr Praful Patel were yesterday believed to have resigned from the Union Cabinet upset over a variety of issues including No. 2 slot for Pawar.

Ms Gandhi’s meeting with Mr Pawar comes ahead of the Congress Core Group meeting this evening which is expected to take stock of the situation.

Mr Pawar, a former Chief Minister and one of the senior members of the Cabinet, is also believed to be hurt over the lack of consultations by Congress with allies, including NCP, and its reluctance to include the party in crucial Cabinet panels like Cabinet Committee on Security or even being considered for the post of the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha following the resignation of Mr Pranab Mukherjee.

(This article was published on July 20, 2012)
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