Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Thursday met Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to invite him for the 75th Foundation Day of the Maratha Mandir, a charitable institution.
The BJP, an ally of the Shinde-led faction of Shiv Sena, said the meeting was not political but a personal one.
“On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Maratha Mandir, Mumbai, the organization will organise a commemorative function. Today I met Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Eknath Shinde at his official residence Varsha to invite him for this event,” Pawar said in a tweet.
मराठा मंदिर, मुंबई संस्थेच्या अमृत महोत्सवी वर्धापन दिनानिमित्त वर्धापन सोहळ्याचे आयोजन संस्थेतर्फे करण्यात येणार आहे. संस्थेचा अध्यक्ष या नात्याने आज महाराष्ट्राचे माननीय मुख्यमंत्री श्री. एकनाथ शिंदे यांना या कार्यक्रमाला आमंत्रित करण्यासाठी वर्षा या त्यांच्या शासकीय… pic.twitter.com/Q6dSxeUMLR— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) June 1, 2023
Pawar, who met Shinde at the CM's official residence 'Varsha', is the president of the Mumbai-based Maratha Mandir.
The veteran politician later tweeted that he also had a discussion with Shinde about organising a meeting to address the issues faced by actors, artistes and people associated with the Marathi film industry and theatre.
(With PTI Inputs)