At a function to felicitate NCP supremo Sharad Pawar PM Narendra Modi lauded him for hispolitical acumen. PM Modi said the Maratha strongman always knows which way “the wind is blowing” and hailed his commitment to agriculture.
Hailing the NCP chief’s commitment to agriculture, Modi said as Gujarat chief minister he always saw Pawar focusing on innovation and working on ways and means to make India self-reliant in foodgrains.
“Even today, talk about sugarcane and he will talk for an hour. Whenever you meet Sharadrao, even for ten minutes, he will bring up the issue of farmers,” he said.
President Pranab Mukherjee praised Pawar for helping India turn into net exporter of foodgrains from being an importer and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi acknowledged his “formidable networking skills” as leaders across the political divide joined the celebrations.
Setting aside their bitterness, both within and outside Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi shook hands at a function to felicitate NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, who turned 75 on Thursday.
Rahul greeted the Prime Minister with a ‘Namaste’ before he was about to leave the function after it got over. However, the two immediately followed it up with a handshake.
Besides President Pranabh Mukherjee, PM Narendra Modi, Vice President Hamid Ansari ,Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal, BJP veteran L K Advani, National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah and Chief ministers of BJP-ruled Maharashtra and Rajasthan Devendra Phadnavis and Vasundhara Raje attended this function.