Sharad Pawar denied rumors about his nephew, Ajit Pawar. He clarified that there is no definite information about Ajit Pawar’s upcoming political decisions.
Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), addressed the speculation surrounding his nephew, Ajit Pawar, and his future political plans. He stated that no meetings involving NCP MLAs had been arranged by anyone, thus dismissing the rumors.
Ajit Pawar’s recent statement comes in response to the reports suggesting that he had scheduled a meeting with MLAs on Tuesday. These reports had fueled speculation in Maharashtra’s political circles regarding his increasing closeness to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, Ajit Pawar categorically denied these claims, labeling them as false. Sharad Pawar’s comments align with Ajit Pawar’s stance, reiterating that no such meeting has been organized.
Sharad Pawar stated that whatever debates are taking place in the minds of the media are not present in “our minds” when speaking to reporters in the Purandar neighborhood of Maharashtra’s Pune district. I can tell about the NCP that all of our colleagues are of one thinking on how to strengthen the party, and there is no other thought in anyone’s head, the party chief added. “…There is no value in all these talks. The reports have no meaning.
According to a reliable source within the party, around 40 out of the 53 NCP MLAs have already provided their consent signatures. The source stated that the list will be submitted to the governor when the appropriate time comes. The newspaper reported these details, citing the “well-placed source” within the party.
At the same time, two MLAs aligned with Ajit Pawar openly showed their support for him, while Sharad Pawar took action to minimize any potential harm caused by the situation.
MLAs Anna Bansode and Manikrao Kokate, known to be close to Ajit Pawar, stated their unwavering loyalty towards him. Bansode, speaking to TV9 Marathi, mentioned that she had supported Ajit Pawar during his attempt to form a government with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis in November 2019. She affirmed her continued loyalty and pledged to stand by him regardless of his future decisions.
Sharad Pawar, whose party is part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance and Shiv Sena and Congress, denied the reports of a meeting scheduled for NCP MLAs in Mumbai. He clarified that anyone had called no such meeting. He further explained that the party’s state president, Jayant Patil, is occupied with a local election in his region. In contrast, another party leader, Ajit Pawar, is engaged in party work and guiding all.
In the meantime, Sanjay Raut, a prominent leader of Shiv Sena (led by Uddhav Bal Thackeray) and a Rajya Sabha MP, dismissed the rumors as unfounded. He clarified that he had spoken to Ajit Pawar and other NCP leaders earlier that morning. Raut added that those spreading such false information to weaken the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance were mistaken in their assumptions.
Sanjay Raut, the MP from Shiv Sena (UBT), stated that the rumors circulating were baseless. He confirmed having discussions with Ajit Pawar and other leaders from the NCP earlier that day. Raut emphasized that those behind such rumors were misguided if they believed that such tactics could undermine the strength of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance.