NCP informs guv of Ajit's replacement as legislature party leader
November 24, 2019  14:36
Nationalist Congress Party leader Jayant Patil went to the Raj Bhavan on Sunday with a letter to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to inform him about replacement of Ajit Pawar as the legislature party leader, and later claimed all NCP MLAs were with the party.
The governor is not in Mumbai, a Raj Bhavan official said.
Patil said attempts were being made to convince Ajit Pawar to reconsider his decision of rebelling against the NCP.
Pawar was removed as the NCP's legislature unit leader on Saturday, hours after he joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party in a coup and took oath as the deputy of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
After his visit to the Raj Bhavan, Patil told reporters that he submitted a letter informing the governor about the NCP's meeting held on Saturday evening where Ajit Pawar was replaced as leader of the party's legislature wing.
Patil later drove to Ajit Pawar's residence at Churchgate to meet him.
"We have a meeting of MLAs in the afternoon. All the MLAs who were not present yesterday will attend the meeting today afternoon. We wish Ajit Pawar should not remain out so we are trying to convince him," he said.
Asked if Ajit Pawar would respond positivelyto his efforts, Patil said, "Koshish karne walon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti" (those who dare do not lose).
Fadnavis on Saturday returned as chief minister propped up by Ajit Pawar, who was made his deputy, just hours after the new alliance of Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress reached a consensus that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be their chief ministerial candidate.
Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in by Koshyari at a hush hush ceremony here, leading to lifting of the President's rule in the state.
On Saturday evening, the NCP removed Ajit Pawar as the party's legislature unit head, saying his move was not in line with the party's policies.
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