Pawar meets Maha CM on sugarcane problem

Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today met Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan here in the backdrop of ongoing protests by the sugarcane farmers demanding higher price for their produce, sources said. The duo huddled together for nearly 20 minutes at the Sahyadri Guest House, they said.

According to sources, the close door meeting assumes significance on the account of ongoing demonstrations by the farmers from Pawar`s home town Baramati in Pune district demanding higher rates for the sugarcane produce. The agitations are being spearheaded by Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna MP Raju Shetty.

The meeting triggered speculations over continuation of the alliance between Congress and NCP in the forthcoming municipal council elections. The civic polls to 27 Zilla Parishads, 196 municipal councils, 305 Panchayat Samitis and 10 municipal corporations to be held in December and early next year.