Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said that there is no division in the party and Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will continue as the leader of the party.
He also said that some leaders have left the NCP by adopting a ‘different political stand’, but this cannot be called a split.
Pawar was talking to reporters in his hometown Baramati in Pune district, a day after his daughter and party’s working president Supriya Sule said that Ajit Pawar was a senior party leader and MLA.
NCP’s Baramati MP Sule told reporters on Thursday, “Now, he (Ajit Pawar) has taken a stand which is against the party, and we have given a complaint to the Speaker and are waiting for his response.” When asked about Sule’s statement that there is no division in the NCP and that Ajit Pawar is the leader of the party, the senior Pawar said, “Yes, there is no question about it.” Can we say that there is a split in the NCP? There is no question that Ajit Pawar is the leader of our party.”
“What does a split mean in a political party? A split occurs when a large group of a party splits at the national level. But that has not happened here. Some left the party, some took a different stand. Took… It is their right to decide in a democracy.”
Ajit Pawar and eight other NCP legislators joined the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state on July 2.
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first published: 25 August 2023 | 11:19 am First