The meeting comes months ahead of the Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh, from where Anand Sharma was elected to the Upper House of Parliament.
Congress’s Anand Sharma met BJP chief JP Nadda this evening (File)
Anand Sharma, a political veteran and a member of the “G-23” or group of dissident Congress leaders, met BJP chief JP Nadda this evening, fuelling speculation about his crossing over to the saffron camp. The meeting comes months ahead of the Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh, from where Anand Sharma was elected to the Upper House of Parliament.
According to sources, there were talks about Anand Sharma joining the BJP at the meeting.
However, the rebel leader of the grand old party has refuted the claims and said, “If I have to meet BJP chief JP Nadda, I have every right to meet him. For me, he is just not the BJP president. We both come from the same state and share the same alma mater. There shouldn’t be any political significance attached to it.”
“If I have to meet him, I’ll go openly. What’s the big deal about it? I belong to the Congress. Being ideological opponents doesn’t mean that there’s any personal division between us. We don’t make ideological opponents our social enemies,” he further added.
Anand Sharma, a crucial member of the G-23, has expressed his displeasure with the party leadership several times, often publicly. If sources are to be believed, the meeting also saw discussions on the political situation and equations of Himachal Pradesh.
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