NCP chief Pawar announcing that his nephew and five time Baramati MLA Ajit Pawar had resigned from the state assembly and quit politics, marking a protest given that polls are round the corner against recent actions by investigating agencies. Sharad Pawar claimed his nephew had decided to return to his traditional work of farming and other businesses.
Ajit, was a senior leader of NCP, He was disturbed after his name figured among the accused in the Rs 25,000-crore Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam ,Ajit and his uncle have also been named in a money laundering probe by the ED, “Ajit hasn’t spoken to me, either before or after his resignation. When I spoke to his son Parth, he said his father discussed his decision to quit over the way his and my names figured in the scam,” said Pawar.
Ajit’s son Parth disputed Pawar’s claim saying his father had no intention of quitting politics though he had warned him against entering it.As he was unhappy over the way the party was being run.
“Ajit came to Mumbai on Friday morning, submitted his resignation to the assembly speaker in the evening and left for his hometown Baramati,” he said, pointing out that he was conspicuously absent from the core group surrounding Pawar on a day he was supposed to go to the ED office.
Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagde confirmed that Ajit had visited his office to submit his resignation.“Ajit Pawar spoke to me on phone and requested me to accept the resignation immediately. Since the letter was in the prescribed format, it was accepted as per his request,” he said. Meanwhile, BJP strategist Girish Mahajan attributed Ajit’s resignation to a power struggle within the family.