NCP makes changes at various other posts in the Mumbai organization after Ajit Pawar’s revolt
The political drama in Maharashtra continues after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar joined hands with the BJP and the Shiv Sena, the rival camps of NCP have started sacking or suspending each other’s leaders or office-bearers.
Besides, the party has also made changes at various other posts in the Mumbai organization after the surprise revolt by Ajit Pawar and his group on Sunday followed by his swearing-in as the new and second Deputy Chief Minister in the ruling Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party government.
Breakaway NCP’s Working President Praful Patel has ‘retained’ NCP supremo Sharad Pawar as the national President but ‘relieved’ the party’s Maharashtra President Jayant Patil of his responsibilities and appointed MP Sunil Tatkare in his place with immediate effect.
He also appointed Ajit Pawar as the NCP Legislature Party Leader and continued Anil Patil as the Chief Whip, while initiating action against the NCP’s move to name Dr. Jitendra Awhad as the new Leader of Opposition and Chief Whip.
“Nobody has the right to take action or disqualify any of the leaders who have taken the decision to join the Maharashtra government,” said Patel.
Tatkare said that he had taken into confidence all the leaders of the party and has convened a meeting of all legislators and Zilla Parishad leaders on Wednesday.
Referring to the NCP appointment of Dr. Awhad, Ajit Pawar pointed out that only the Speaker has the authority to appoint the LoP on the basis of the majority strength of the opposition legislators.
“We are all in the NCP and the maximum number of legislators are with us… So it (the appointments) don’t make any sense,” he claimed.
On the other hand, NCP President Sharad Pawar himself ordered the sacking of Patel and Tatkare from the primary membership of the party and their respective posts of Working President and National General Secretary for “anti-party activities” with immediate effect.
Earlier on Monday, NCP’s sole Working President Supriya Sule had written a strong letter to Sharad Pawar demanding immediate action against Praful and Tatkare, both MPs.
“Patel and Tatkare, on July 2, 2023, acted in direct contravention of the Party Constitution and Rules, amounting to desertion and disqualification from the party membership. I request Pawar Saheb to take immediate action and file disqualification petitions under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India before the competent authority against the two MPs for engaging in anti-party activities,” said Sule.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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