Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar Addressing a joint press conference in Mumbai,that his nephew Ajit’s decision is act of indiscipline, and no NCP worker is in favour of NCP-BJP govt. “An honest NCP worker can never be a part of BJP government formation,” he said, adding that around 11 MLAs along with Ajit joined hands with BJP. However, four-time NCP MLA Rajendra Shingane said that they were “misled”.
Pawar further said that they can’t rule out a possibility of “cheating by governor”. Ajit Pawar may have submitted ‘ready-made’ list of NCP MLAs, he added.
Sudhir Mungantiwar has claimed that Ajit Pawar gave letter of support on behalf of all 54 NCP MLAs. He said that they do not need separate letter from each legislator. “Letter from Leader of Legislative Party is considered the letter of the party,” Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule has put up a status on WhatsApp, saying there is “split in the party and family”.
Sharad Pawar seems to be equally miffed with his nephew Ajit’s decision to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party. “I came to know at 7 am today about Ajit Pawar. I did not know before that. I will hold a press conference in some time. Uddhav too will address the media. I will speak elaborately then,” the NCP chief said, clarifying that it was not his decision.
In an overnight coup, Bharatiya Janata Party turned its tables on rivals with a faction of Nationalist Congress Party breaking away under Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar and forming government under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
The development has brought a major twist in the Maharashtra saga as a day earlier it was senior Pawar who announced that the new Maharashtra government would be led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
“I am happy to have been given another chance to serve as the chief minister of Maharashtra. The people of Maharashtra had given a very clear mandate but the Shiv Sena, which fought the elections alongside us, rejected people’s mandate.
The state needs a strong government and we are determined to give them that. The President’s rule should end now,” Fadnavis said. The BJP and Shiv Sena, which fought the state elections in alliance, secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly.
But the BJP did not cede the Sena’s demand of sharing the chief minister’s post, leading to falling apart of the nearly three-decade-old alliance. The Congress and NCP won 44 and 54 seats respectively, in the last month’s polls.