Nasik: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, who cancelled his visit to Bhubaneshwar today to address a Third Front rally owing to “technical” problem in his aircraft, said he has asked Orissa chief minister Navin Patnaik to allow him to address the public meeting on phone.
Asked if he refused to go after Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed her displeasure over his participation in the Third Front rally, the NCP chief said: “Nobody disrespected Congress Party. Congress Party is fully aware.”
The NCP chief, however, said he requested Patnaik to allow him to address the rally over the phone. “If possible, I will speak over the phone also,” he told NDTV.
Earlier, a party spokesperson said that “Pawar is unlikely to attend the rally as the aircraft in which he was scheduled to travel developed a technical snag”.
Pawar’s decision to attend the third front rally has evoked sharp reactions from ally Congress with some senior party leaders accusing the Union minister of betrayal.