NCP splits: Ajit Pawar joins Shinde government as deputy CM

Mumbai: Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil on Sunday said his party has filed a disqualification petition against Ajit Pawar and eight others who took oath as ministers in the Eknath Shinde-led state government. Addressing a press conference late on Sunday night, Patil said the disqualification petition has been forwarded to Speaker Rahul Narvekar. He said that an e-mail has also been sent to the Election Commission of India stating that the rank and file of the NCP is with party chief Sharad Pawar.

The party, founded by Sharad Pawar in 1999, faced a split when his nephew Ajit Pawar defected and joined the Shiv Sena-BJP government as deputy chief minister. Patil said these NCP MLAs “cannot be called traitors as their disloyalty has not been proved yet.” “Many are in touch with us,” he said.

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that he will prepare a new leadership in the party and asserted that when such situations arise, he gets more energy to work. Pawar also said that he is the face of the party for the future as well. The party founded by Pawar in 1999 faced a split when his nephew Ajit Pawar broke away and joined the Eknath Shinde government as Deputy Chief Minister.

Eight other NCP legislators, including staunch Sharad Pawar loyalists like Chhagan Bhujbal and Dilip Walse Patil, were made ministers. Criticizing those who praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pawar said he could not understand what has changed in the last four years (since the 2019 assembly elections).

“Four years ago, when we faced elections, our target was Modi, and we were Modi’s target. Now, after opposing (him) for four years, what suddenly happened today? The real thing is that he wanted to go because he needed the power,” he said. Pawar said that he will go among the public and show that today’s developments have not been liked by the people.

He also highlighted Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s tweet in which he had said that the ‘second team’ of the NCP is also ready to join hands with the BJP. “Let us see what team is left with the NCP now. Those who wanted to go have gone. Those who did not want to go have stayed back. So there is no question of a second team or a third team. ” Claimed.

Asserting that people would soon see new NCP teams everywhere, Pawar dismissed suggestions that he was taking a good rest in his age and said that “when such things happen they need more time to work, to form a new leadership”. gets energy”. “It is not fair to say this, but check the details of those who have become ministers today. See how they started and who (helped) them in the beginning. (I) can form a new leadership,” he said.

Pawar said he was confident in producing a leadership that would consider the state. Asked whether Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar would now take a decision on disqualifying 16 Shiv Sena MLAs, including Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, under anti-defection laws, Pawar said the term of the House would end soon, so he expected a decision on it. When asked who would be the prominent face of the party in the future.