New Delhi, Nov 6: A rare but what could be seen as a key development in the contemporary setting, senior Congress leader and party president Sonia Gandhi's trusted aide Ahmed Patel met Union Minister and former BJP national president Nitin Gadkari in his residence on Wednesday.
However, the Congress leader - often credited for drawing out political strategies through backroom interaction - said later, "I did not even discuss 'M' about Maharashtra politics".
"My meeting with Mr Gadkari had nothing to do with Maharashtra politics. I had gone to him to discuss about farmers' issue," said Ahmed Patel.
The meeting in broad daylight with the presence of television crew outside Mr Gadkari's house assumes some significance as two major meetings in the national capital on Monday - one, between Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP chief Amit Shah and another between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi - could not help make any progress for government formation in the western state.
Election results were out on October 24 giving BJP and its pre-poll ally Shiv Sena a clear majority, but the government formation has got stuck up over the issue of 'rotational Chief Ministership'.
Mr Gadkari, who was PWD Minister in Sena-BJP government in 1990s in Maharashtra, has, however, said earlier that he is not keen to go back to state politics. Mr Gadkari's meeting with Ahmed Patel also assumes significance as he is known to be close to the RSS leadership and lately Shiv Sena leaders have urged RSS to 'intervene' to help early formation of a government in Maharashtra.
The RSS and the BJP leaders lately are also reaching out to leaders of prominent Muslim organisations in order to ensure peace and harmony in the country as the long awaited Ayodhya verdict may be delivered by the Supreme Court before November 17. (UNI)