Even as Sharad Pawar failed to turn up at the rally of BJD, NCP and Left parties on Friday, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan claimed that the NCP supremo was distancing himself from the UPA.
Stating that nobody had claimed that Pawar was in the Third Front, Bardhan said, "but fact remains that he is distancing himself from the Congress-led UPA."
He said that the NCP was fighting against the Congress in many states barring Maharastra and Goa. "Pawar's actions are clear. The NCP leader has said he will attend another rally in Orissa," Bardhan said.
Pawar on Friday failed to make it to the rally because of a technical snag in the aircraft he was to fly in. CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat said the NCP has already entered into seat adjustments with the BJD with which the Left has also a tie-up.
"Pawar is with the Orissa alliance." NCP general secretary D P Tripathy, who attended the meeting, said his party was with the BJD.
Tripathy, however, avoided saying a word about the Left parties while praising Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his government. By snapping ties with the BJP, Naveen has given a new direction to national politics, he said.