New Delhi: In a development that has set the rumour mills buzzing in Maharashtra’s political circles, former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, on Sunday, walked off from Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) national-executive meeting when party leader Jayant Patil’s name was announced during the meet. Party cadres also raised slogans as Pawar walked off from the meeting.
NCP clarified that Pawar went to the washroom, however, eyewitnesses told Times Now that Pawar never returned to the meeting to speak. The drama unfolded in presence of party chief Sharad Pawar. Later, Ajit Pawar also clarified that he chose to not speak at the meeting as it was a national-level meet. Pawar was seen walking out of the meet as soon as Patil’s name was announced as the next speaker after Sharad Pawar.
Sule seen ‘convincing’ Pawar: Agency
NCP MP Supriya Sule was seen convincing Ajit Pawar to return for his speech on the stage – news agency ANI reported. However, when Pawar returned to the venue, Sharad Pawar had already started his concluding remarks, as a result of which Ajit Pawar could not get a chance to speak.
The development comes a day after Sharad Pawar was re-elected as the President of the NCP for the next four years. Recently, the NCP chief had announced that his party will form an alliance with any party that counters the BJP in general elections 2024.
In 2019, after the Shiv Sena BJP alliance fell apart over the post of Maharashtra CM, and even as the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena were in discussion to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state,Ajit Pawar had taken oath as the deputy CM of Maharashtra along with BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as the CM. The early-morning swearing in, which formed a mere 80-hour government in the state, had sent out a message that all was not well within the NCP.