In a shocking development, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has announced that he is stepping down from his post. “I have decided to step down as president of NCP," announced Sharad Pawar during the launch of his book. However, he won't retire from active politics.
This comes at the time when, Pawar drew the ire of the Congress party by extending his support to billionaire businessman Gautam Adani.
It should be noted that the decision comes amid Ajit Pawar’s political ambitions that have caused rift between him and Sharad Pawar, even as uncertainty looms over whether the latter would pass his political legacy and baton of the party to him, or his daughter Supriya Sule, a parliamentarian from Baramati.
Amid speculations of joining the BJP, Ajit Pawar attended a rally of MVA in Mumbai on Sunday and slammed the Shidne-Fadnavis goverment, blaming it for the collapse of the law and order and state's poor financial condition.
Pawar, who helmed the party since its inception in 1999, said in his address, "I have three years left of Rajya Sabha membership in Parliament, during which I will focus on issues related to Maharashtra and India, with a caveat of not taking any responsibility. After a long period of public life from May 1, 1960, to May 1, 2023, it is necessary to take a step back. Hence, I have decided to step down as President of the Nationalist Congress Party".
Pawar recommended that a committee comprising senior NCP leaders be formed to decide the future course of action. “The committee will include, Praful Patel, Sunil Tatkare, P C Chacko, Narhari Zirwal, Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule, Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujabl, Dilip walse-Patil, Anil Deshmukh, Rajesh Tope, Jitendra Awhad, Hasan Mushrif, Dhananjay Munde, Jaydev Gaikwad and chiefs of party frontal cells,” Pawar said.
As soon as the veteran leader announced his decision, the several NCP leaders and workers rose to their feet and chanted slogans demanding that the NCP supremo reverse his decision. “We do not accept saheb’s decision. We urge you to withdraw it. We will not move until you do it,” an NCP leader was heard saying.
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