3 Jul 2023

Maharashtra Politics: Sharad Pawar says NCP will show Ajit Pawar, other party breakers their place, what Jayant Patil said

Satara (Maharashtra): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday warned rebel MLAs that the party would show them their places.

"The NCP would show these MLAs their places. Maharashtrians would answer those who split the NCP," said Pawar, addressing a gathering at the Priti-Sangam memorial of Maharashtra's first chief minister Yashwant Rao Chavan at Karad of Satara district.

He said the late Yashwant Rao Chavan had created a new generation of politicians in the state by backing the youths in every district of the state and ensured development.

Pawar's comments came a day after nine NCP legislators led by his nephew and senior leader Ajit Pawar engineered a split in the party and joined the NDA ministry of chief minister Eknath Shinde. Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy Chief Minister in the presence of several senior party leaders including Sharad Pawar's longtime confidant Praful Patel.

Meanwhile, NCP state president and former water resources minister Jayant Patil late on Sunday night said that a disqualification petition was filed with the assembly speaker by mail against 9 MLAs, including Ajit Pawar after they acted against party interest and joined the Shinde-Fadnavis government.

It may be noted that, in sudden political development in the state on Sunday afternoon, NCP senior leader Ajit Pawar among nine NCP MLAs joined the Shinde-Fadnavis government.

Addressing the press late Sunday night Patil said that, nine members of the NCP took an oath without giving any information to the National President and the State President of the party by doing activities against the party's policy and interest, their actions are illegal and keeping the party in the dark.

All the party activists of Maharashtra are with Sharad Pawar


Patil said all the party activists of Maharashtra are with Sharad Pawar. Many office bearers of the party from all districts have come out in support. 9 MLAs cannot be a party. The oath they have taken is an act without telling the party president.

We have taken steps according to the announcement that NCP will take legal steps in this regard, stated Patil.

Patil expressed the hope that the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly will call us for a hearing on this matter as soon as possible, he added.

Our party's strength in Assembly is 53, of which 9 have defected: Patil

Meanwhile, NCP's Maharashtra president Jayant Patil said, "we have sent a petition to the Assembly speaker last night. We requested him to hear us. Our party's strength in the Assembly is 53, of which 9 have defected, the rest all are with us. We will give them a fair chance to come back but will take action against those who do not come back."

NCP ready to take back other MLAs except 9

Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil said on Monday that the party's doors are open to all who went along with Ajit Pawar, except the nine MLAs who joined the Eknath Shinde ministry and took oath on Sunday.

Talking to media here, he said, "We will wait for them for some time, and thereafter, we will have to take action against them."

He further said the MLAs who accompanied Ajit Pawar are contacting party chief Sharad Pawar and him, saying that they have done so under duress.

Patil further said that Sharad Pawar has called a meeting at Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan in Mumbai on 5 July, where all office-bearers and workers will be present.

Those who are with Pawar Senior and support him will be there, he clarified.

On disqualification of nine MLAs, Patil said, "The moment they took oath, they were disqualified."

Replying to a question, he said, "We will have to wait for a few days. We do not want any conflict with the Congress party. Barring nine MLAs, all the MLAs are still with us. The Speaker of the Assembly will take a decision based on the numbers."

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