Jr Pawar says BJP-NCP will provide stable Govt in Maharashtra, Sharad my leader, thanks Modi
As Shiv Sena and Congress struggled to keep their flock together on the day two of the formation of a BJP-led Government in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday rubbished the “misleading” claims by his nephew Ajit Pawar that he is still with the parent party and said the breakaway group leader was trying to create “confusion” and “false perception” in the minds of the people.
On a day when both the BJP-led Government and Shiv Sena-led front claimed that they had adequate numbers with them to prove a majority in the 288-member Assembly, breakaway group leader Ajit began to play mind games with Sr Pawar, only to be silenced by the NCP chief who denied that his party had no plans to align with the BJP.
More than 30 hours after he threw his weight behind the BJP and became the Deputy Chief Minister in the Fadnavis-led Government, Ajit put out a series of tweets thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and other BJP leaders for their best wishes to him, maintaining that he is still with the NCP and claiming that “our BJP-NCP alliance” will provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for next five years.
Ajit tweeted, “I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaksSaheb is our leader. Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people….There is absolutely no need to worry, all is well. However, a little patience is required. Thank you very much for all your support.”
Less than an hour after Ajit linked his party to the BJP-led Government through his tweets, the NCP chief dubbed his nephew’s claim as “false” and said his party’s alliance with the Sena and the Congress was intact and the question of aligning with the BJP did not arise.
“There is no question of forming an alliance with @BJP4Maharashtra. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with @ShivSena & @INCMaharashtra to form the Government. Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people,” Sr Pawar tweeted.
Earlier in the day, the efforts by the senior NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse Patil to woo Ajit back to the parent party proved futile, with the newly sworn-in deputy chief minister tell them that the tie-up with the BJP was in the interests of the Sharad Pawar-led party.
The State NCP leaders had gone to meet Ajitdada for the second time in two days to request him to resign from his post as the deputy chief minister in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government, return to the parent party and restore state quo ante. The NCP chief had sent the two leaders as his emissaries to prevail upon his nephew to renege from his earlier decision to extend support to the BJP in the formation of a government.
Minutes after the two NCP leaders returned empty handed in the afternoon to Hotel Renaissance where their party MLAs were lodged till the evening, a defiant Ajitdada — through a thanking you tweet to the Prime Minister — sent out a clear-cut message to the parent that he had no plans to go back on his team up with the BJP.
“Thank you Hon. Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. We will ensure a stable Government that will work hard for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra,” Ajitdada tweeted, responding to a tweet put out by Modi on Saturday, congratulating him and Fadnavis on their taking oath as the chief minister and deputy chief minister respectively and expressing confidence that they would work diligently for the brightfuture of Maharashtra”.
Though a series of tweets, Ajitdada also thanked Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah, J. P. Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Dharmendra Pradhan, for their best wishes on his taking over as the new deputy chief minister.
The day began with NCP leader Jayant Patil going to Raj Bhavan with a letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, informing him that he had replaced Ajit Pawar as the party’s new Legislature party leader. However, since the Governor was away in the capital to attend the conference of Governors, Patil deposited the letter at Raj Bhavan.
Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan met Sharad Pawar at the latter’s “Silver Oak” residence in south Mumbai and discussed the current political situation arising of the BJP forming a government in alliance with a breakaway faction of the NCP led by Ajit Pawar.
Talking to media persons after meeting Sr Pawar, Chavan charged that Ajitdada had “betrayed” the confidence reposed in him by the NCP MLAs by “misusing” their letter of support. He, however, expressed relief that a majority of the MLAs who had gone with Ajitdada had come back to the parent party. “Our all 44 MLAs are safe at the right place. We need not worry about anything,” Chavan said.
Monday, 25 November 2019 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai
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