New Delhi: Don’t get disheartened by outcome of Lok Sabha elections, win and loss is part of politics, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s said to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Sulking over the Congress debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul had shunned meetings with party leaders but on Thursday evening, reached out to Pawar and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
In a nearly hour-long discussion, Pawar and Rahul analysed the Lok Sabha election results and the way forward, particularly the upcoming Assembly polls in Maharashtra, where the Congress is a coalition partner of the NCP.
Pawar told reporters that he also reminded Rahul of the landslide victory his father Rajiv Gandhi had won in the 1984 Lok Sabha elections and the subsequent loss in the 1989 general elections, to drive home the point that victory and defeat were part of politics.
“We discussed matters pertaining to the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha Elections and the drought situation in Maharashtra,” Pawar said after the meeting. Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and J&K are expected to be held this year.
After his offer to resign as Congress president at the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday, Rahul had refused to meet party leaders.