Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar addressed a public meeting in Maharashtra’s Karad, just a day after NCP leader Ajit Pawar joined the Shiv Sena and BJP-led Maharashtra government. In his speech, Sharad Pawar pointed out the concerning trend of certain groups creating divisions in the society, both in Maharashtra and the country at large, by exploiting caste and religious differences.
Ajit Pawar’s Dramatic Shift to the Saffron Side
Ajit Pawar’s move to join the saffron side brought about a dramatic change in the political landscape of the state, just ahead of the Lok Sabha and assembly polls next year. He assumed office as the second Deputy Chief Minister, and eight other NCP MLAs also joined the Eknath Shinde-led government. This surprising development occurred while the opposition was trying to form a united front against the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Eknath Shinde’s Remarks on the Political Realignment
Following Ajit Pawar’s decision to join the government, Eknath Shinde, a prominent figure in the BJP, took a jab at NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Shinde compared the political situation to a game of cricket, stating that some people were talking about a ‘googly,’ but in the end, it was evident who got ‘clean bowled.’ He emphasized that this was not a new government, as the Shiv Sena and BJP had already been working together under the leadership of PM Modi. Shinde welcomed Ajit Pawar and his MLAs wholeheartedly, expressing confidence that their contribution would aid in the development of Maharashtra and lead to the state’s progress at the pace of a bullet train.
NCP’s Response: Filing a Disqualification Petition
In response to Ajit Pawar and other NCP MLAs joining the BJP-led government, the NCP filed a disqualification petition against its nine leaders. NCP leader Jayant Patil confirmed this step, stating that the petitionhad been submitted to the Speaker of the Assembly, with hard copies soon to be sent. Additionally, a letter was dispatched to the Election Commission of India regarding the matter.
Tribute to Yashwantrao Chavan
Prior to delivering his address, Sharad Pawar paid his respects at the Preeti-Sangam memorial, which honors his political mentor and the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Yashwantrao Chavan. During this visit, he was accompanied by Prithviraj Chavan.
With these developments unfolding in Maharashtra’s political landscape, the state and the nation are witnessing a noteworthy shift in alliances and strategies as political parties gear up for the forthcoming elections.
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