Maharashtra Politics: On July 2, nine NCP MLAs joined the Shinde cabinet. In these, Ajit Pawar was made deputy CM. Apart from this, eight other MLAs Chhagan Bhujbal, Dhananjay Munde, Anil Patil, Dilip Walse Patil, Dharmarao Atram, Sanjay Bansode, Aditi Tatkare and Hasan Mushrif also took oath as ministers.
Sharad Pawar vs Ajit Pawar: After Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, NCP has split. Like Shiv Sena, two factions have also been formed in NCP. One group is of Ajit Pawar, the other is of his uncle Sharad Pawar. While Ajit Pawar has joined the NDA camp, Sharad Pawar is praising opposition unity. Despite all this, one thing is not being embraced by anyone, that is why Ajit Pawar is meeting his uncle Sharad Pawar again and again after rebelling against Sharad Pawar? The MLAs of both the camps are also surprised about this.
Ajit Pawar is the Deputy Chief Minister in the Eknath Shinde-BJP government. This is the question doing the rounds in the political circles of Maharashtra even more than two weeks after joining the government. The uncle and nephew had their second meeting on Monday after a few days at the YB Chavan Centre. Due to which the MLAs and leaders of both the factions are in a state of confusion as to what is the final issue.
After rebelling from NCP, Ajit Pawar went to Silver Oak to meet his aunt Pratibha Pawar (Sharad Pawar’s wife) after her hand surgery. Ajit Pawar had said after this meeting that politics is different, family is different. After this, Ajit Pawar and his ministers met Sharad Pawar at YB Chavan Center on Sunday. He had apologized to Sharad Pawar. Also sought support and blessings from Sharad Pawar.
Was the third meeting pre-arranged?
However, Sharad Pawar did not respond to Ajit Pawar and his ministers. This meeting lasted for about an hour. Now the very next day i.e. on Monday, once again Ajit Pawar had reached to meet Sharad Pawar along with his MLAs. This was the third meeting between Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar after the rebellion, but Sharad Pawar was not present at the YB Chavan Centre. He was at his home in Silver Oak. However, after the news of Ajit Pawar and the MLAs reaching YB Chavan Centre, Sharad Pawar also reached there. Now the question is arising whether this meeting for the third time was pre-planned.
Sharad Pawar has made it clear that he will not go with the BJP.
The market of speculation in Maharashtra is hot due to the meeting between Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar for the third time. This question is coming in everyone’s mind that when Sharad Pawar has made it clear that he will never go with BJP. Despite that, why is Ajit Pawar meeting his uncle Sharad Pawar again and again. If media reports are to be believed, the eight MLAs including Ajit Pawar have taken oath as ministers. The sword of disqualification is hanging over them. To solve this problem, Ajit Pawar had come to meet his uncle Sharad along with all the MLAs. According to information received from sources, Ajit Pawar, Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel talked for about 45 minutes.
Leaders of both factions were shocked, Congress raised questions
Congress has raised questions on the third meeting of NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar. Congress leader and former minister Yashomati Thakur said that this series of meetings is wrong. Sharad Pawar should clarify his opinion on this issue. Sources say leaders from both sides are seeking clarity on the situation. Sources in the Ajit Pawar camp told the media that some MLAs of the camp were upset after Sunday’s meeting. An insider said, “Most of them were of the opinion that if the senior leader was trying to compromise with Sharad Pawar then why should he keep a distance.”
According to media reports, the MLAs of the Ajit faction were unhappy over missing the meeting with senior Pawar on Sunday. It is being said that this was the reason behind keeping the MLAs in Monday’s meeting. The report said that the MLAs supporting Ajit Pawar were unhappy that they were not asked in Sunday’s meeting. The MLAs say that the ministers will get sympathy, but the MLAs will have to face the displeasure of the voters in their constituencies.
Sensing the displeasure of the MLAs, Ajit Pawar met his uncle Sharad Pawar again on Monday. This time 8 to 10 MLAs were also present with him. He touched the feet of Sharad Pawar and sought his blessings and appealed to support him. Sharad Pawar, however, once again made it clear to Ajit’s MLAs that he stood by his word and there was no question of going with the BJP. In an address to the workers of NCP youth wing at YB Chavan Centre, Sharad Pawar said that he cannot support BJP and will continue with his progressive politics. Rajya Sabha member Praful Patel said that the MLAs (of Ajit Pawar faction) who could not meet Sharad Pawar during Sunday’s meeting were present in Monday’s meeting.
‘The water has flown down the bridge of trust’
Regarding the meeting between Ajit and Sharad Pawar, NCP national spokesperson Clyde Crasto (Sharad Pawar faction) termed the meeting as a failed attempt. He said that a lot of water has gone out from under the bridge of trust. Crasto said, ‘It is a failed attempt by the NCP breakaway faction (Ajit Pawar faction) to show the people of Maharashtra that they can persuade Sharad Pawar. Crasto said it wouldn’t matter, because too much water had gone under the bridge of trust. What this group (Ajit group) has done. Now it cannot be corrected.
A section of observers is also of the opinion that through such meetings, the Ajit Pawar camp is trying to show that it has the support of Sharad Pawar, but the NCP president is tight-lipped on his part. Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil on Monday claimed that the veteran leader asked his nephew’s group how to find a way out in the current political scenario, even though he has already made his stand public.
However, questions are also being raised from the Congress and the Uddhav Thackeray (UBT) faction regarding the meeting of Ajit and Sharad. According to Congress insiders, the reason for Sharad Pawar’s silence is his habit of playing hide and seek, but if MLAs see this as a political tussle and join the Ajit Pawar camp, this silence may cost them dearly.