Sharad Pawar dismissed reports regarding his nephew and former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar.
Ajit Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), is gaining traction in his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to become the next chief minister of Maharashtra. Silence from NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar raises questions
Sharad Pawar’s remarks come a day after Ajit Pawar dismissed as false rumors that he had called a meeting of MLAs for Tuesday, amid intense speculation in Maharashtra’s political circles about his growing ties to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
40 MLAs back Ajit Pawar for NCP-BJP alliance
Speaking to reporters in the Purandar neighborhood of Maharashtra’s Pune district, Sharad Pawar stated that “our minds” do not contain the media’s discussions. “There is no significance to all of these discussions. The reports are meaningless. There is no other thought in anyone’s mind besides how to make the NCP stronger, I can say that about all of our colleagues,” the party leader said.
Earlier, The New Indian Express reported that Ajit Pawar’s efforts to become Eknath Shinde’s successor as chief minister of Maharashtra in alliance with the BJP was gaining momentum as he collected consent signatures from his party’s lawmakers.
40 MLAs back Ajit Pawar for the NCP-BJP alliance
“Approximately 40 of the 53 NCP MLAs have consented to the motion so far. The newspaper quotes a “well-placed source” in the party as saying that the list will be presented to the governor when the time comes.
The newspaper added that while Ajit Pawar was personally contacting NCP MLAs to solicit their signatures, Sharad Pawar had not yet responded. In 2019, following Ajit’s departure, Sharad Pawar called on all NCP legislators to keep his party intact.
During this time, two Ajit Pawar MLAs came out publicly in support of their leader, while Sharad Pawar engaged in damage control.
Anna Bansode and Manikrao Kokate, both considered close to Ajit, have stated that they will remain loyal to him regardless of the circus support Ajit Pawar’s bid. The list of signatures is expected to be presented to the governor at the appropriate time. instances. Bansode told TV9 Marathi, “I had given Ajit Pawar my full support in November 2019 when he attempted to form a coalition government with the BJP’s incumbent chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis. I remain loyal to him and will support him regardless of the decisions he makes in the future.”were
The absence of comment from NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar raises concerns
While Pawar’s campaign gains momentum, it is perplexing that Sharad Pawar, the patriarch of the NCP, has remained silent. When Ajit Pawar left the NCP in 2019, Sharad Pawar called on all NCP lawmakers to maintain the party’s unity. Nonetheless, he has not made a counter-move this time. According to sources, Ajit Pawar is personally contacting NCP MLAs to solicit their signatures, whereas Sharad Pawar has yet to intervene.
Green light from Narendra Modi and Amit Shah could determine the outcome
Ravi Rana, an independent MLA who is close to Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, believes that the turning point will occur once Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah give their approval. The BJP is weighing its options regarding the timing of Eknath Shinde’s departure, either before or after the Supreme Court’s decision, or prior to the elections in Karnataka.
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