Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the growing differences between the allies of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - over the Bhima Koregaon case and the National Population Register (NPR), NCP supremo Sharad Pawar is set to meet all ministers of his party today.

“Pawar saheb has called an important meeting of all the 16 ministers of the party,” said deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar in Sangli on Sunday.

At the meeting called to review performance of ministers, Pawar is believed to apprise them about the party’s stand on contentious issues. 

Cracks between the ideologically different allies of the Maharashtra government first appeared when Pawar criticised chief minister Uddhav Thackeray over his decision to let the NIA take over the probe into the Elgar Parishad case from the state police.

Pawar expressed his unhappiness on Thackeray's decision on a day when a Pune court passed an order to transfer the Elgar Parishad case to a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai. The court also said the order of investigation by the central agency cannot be said to be illegal or improper.

He said that it was not right on part of the Centre to hand over the probe into the case, which was with the Pune police, to the NIA as law and order was a state subject.   

NCP leader and state home minister Anil Deshmukh said Thackeray had overruled him on the case. The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government had initially criticised the Centre's move to hand over the case to the NIA.

The differences grew further when Thackeray gave his assent to National Population Register (NPR), a move criticised by both the NCP and the Congress. 

As states not ruled by the BJP continue to oppose the NPR, the Centre has started an outreach to allay their apprehensions by meeting the chief ministers who are critical of the exercise. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta