Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad has submitted his resignation from his post as the party’s general secretary, one day after party chief Sharad Pawar announced his decision to step down as president. Awhad stated that he had sent his resignation to Pawar and that all office bearers of Thane NCP had also resigned after Pawar’s announcement. On Tuesday, Pawar had said he was stepping down as party chief, prompting emotional reactions from thousands of NCP leaders, workers, and supporters, who urged him to reconsider. Among those who urged him to reconsider were Chhagan Bhujbal, Jitendra Awhad, and Dilip Walse Patil.
Pawar, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister and union minister, is seen as a key architect of moves towards opposition unity ahead of the 2024 electoral battle. While announcing his decision, he said that he would not contest elections and had recommended the constitution of a committee of senior NCP leaders to decide on the party’s future course of action. The committee would include Praful Patel, Sunil Tatkare, PC Chacko, Narhari Zirwal, Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule, Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujabl, Dilip Walse-Patil, Anil Deshmukh, Rajesh Tope, Jitendra Awhad, Hasan Mushrif, Dhananjay Munde, Jaydev Gaikwad, and chiefs of party frontal cells.
Speaking after the release of his autobiography, Pawar said that it was time for a new generation to guide the party and the direction it intends to take. The NCP leader, however, said that he would not take retirement from public life even after resigning from the party post. Ajit Pawar supported the decision, saying that the next party chief will work under Sharad Pawar only. Party workers and leaders demanded that Sharad Pawar withdraw his decision, but Ajit Pawar asked them not to become emotional, stating that Pawar had already talked about the necessity of changing the guard a few days back, and the decision was taken in the light of his age and health.
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