Maha crisis: Ajit Pawar, 7 NCP MLAs go incommunicado

NCP boss Sharad Pawar’s nephew’s latest act stirred the hornet’s nest in Maharashtra

| Updated: 08 April, 2023 7:05 am IST
NCP leader Ajit Pawar

The political buzz in Maharashtra is abuzz with speculation as senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar goes incommunicado.

It has been learned that the Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra is also taking seven NCP MLAs with him, setting the ball rolling in one of the key states in the country.

Sources told The New Indian that Ajit Pawar, who is the nephew of NCP boss Sharad Pawar, also cancelled all his events scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Pune.

Ajit Pawar, who was also a former deputy chief minister of the state, arrived in Pune on April 7. He held meetings at Baramati Hostel and later interacted with the press at around 2 pm. However, after that, he left the scheduled program and abruptly left for an unknown reason. It is learned that his security team as well as his personal assistant also have no idea about his next tour.

“He was on a visit to Pune for two days. But after interacting with the journalists at two in the afternoon, he left somewhere for some work. No one knows about his next tour,” party sources said.

Ajit Pawar’s latest act brought the memories of 2019 back into the limelight when he joined hands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, though the relationship did not last beyond a couple of days.

However, Ajit Pawar once again upped his antics as he praised Prime minister Narendra Modi and credited his charisma for the BJP’s victory in 2014.

In the recent controversy over the PM’s educational qualification, Ajit Pawar said that inflation and jobs for youth are more important issues in the country than the PM’s academic degree. “It is not an important issue, but inflation and unemployment are the key issues,” he had said.

Interestingly, recently NCP supremo Sharad Pawar slammed his alliance partner Congress for demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe on the Adani Group. He said that he did not share the views of his ally Congress on the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe on accusations of wrongdoing by the Adani Group made by US-based short seller Hindenburg Research.

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