Shourie, a former minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee's NDA government and a bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met Pawar at the latter's residence in south Mumbai for over an hour, said Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik.
"Shourie told Pawar to take the lead in uniting all the Opposition parties ahead of the general elections," a party source said.
"Pawar told Shourie that he was trying to unite all Opposition parties," the source added.
Pawar recently suggested that the Opposition parties should not project anyone as the prime ministerial candidate before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He also claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had echoed his suggestion.
While advocating a grand alliance of Opposition parties, Pawar had suggested that national parties should go with a strong party at the regional level.
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