'Still with NCP, Uddhav will decide on induction in cabinet': Ajit Pawar

Ajit Pawar on Tuesday resigned as Dy chief minister of Maharashtra citing 'personal reason', following which Fadnavis too stepped down as chief minister, leading to collapse of the BJP-led government.

Published: 27th November 2019 10:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th November 2019 12:54 PM   |  A+A-

NCP leader Ajit Pawar talks over the phone as he arrives at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai Wednesday Nov. 27 2019. (Photo | PTI)

NCP leader Ajit Pawar talks over the phone as he arrives at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai Wednesday Nov. 27 2019. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

MUMBAI: NCP leader Ajit Pawar Wednesday said he continues to be in the Sharad Pawar-led party, adding it was up to CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray to take a call on inducting him into the cabinet.

Ajit Pawar, who last week supported the BJP to form a short-lived government in Maharashtra, also said there is no reason "to create" confusion about his being in the NCP.

"I have nothing to say (right now), I will speak at the right time. I had said earlier also, I am in the NCP and I will remain in the NCP. There is no reason to create confusion," Ajit Pawar told in Vidhan Bhawan premises.

"The decision to induct me in the cabinet is to be taken by Uddhav Thackeray as CM," he said.

"I am not unhappy with anyone. I will accept any responsibility given by my party," he said.

On his late Tuesday night visit to 'Silver Oak', his uncle and NCP president Sharad Pawar's residence, Ajit Pawar said, "It is my right to meet my leader."

Meanwhile, NCP MLA Rohit Pawar on Wednesday said he was sure his uncle Ajit Pawar would return to the party and felt happy after the latter met party chief Sharad Pawar.

He also said that the Pawars "stand united" and will remain so.

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"I could not trust how it happened. As a worker, I did not go into the details of it. There was some confusion being a family member, I could not understand what was happening," Rohit Pawar, who is the grandson of Sharad Pawar's elder brother Appasaheb Pawar, told a news channel.

He made the remarks when asked about what he felt when Ajit Pawar took oath as deputy chief minister after tying up with the BJP last Saturday.

"But we were sure (about his return). We knew Dada well," Rohit Pawar said.

Praising Ajit Pawar, he said the former deputy chief minister is a very capable administrator and key for the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' 'Maharashtra Vikas Aaghadi' that will form government in the state.

"So, I felt happy as a family member and also as NCP worker when Dada met Saheb (Sharad Pawar) yesterday," he said.

Rohit Pawar also accused the BJP of employing the tactic of poaching leaders from other parties.

"They tried to use that style (trick) to some extent in this case. Dada may have not liked that style and then met Saheb. I hope we will soon be able to serve people under his (Ajit Pawar's) guidance," Rohit said.

As Ajit Pawar entered the Vidhan Bhavan premises on Wednesday morning, his cousin and Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule greeted him with a warm hug.

Ajit Pawar was greeted with thumping of desks from NCP members when he went to the podium to take oath.

Sule, the daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, was standing at the Vidhan Bhavan's entrance to greet her party legislators.

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Ajit Pawar, who won the October 21 state polls from Pune's Baramati seat with a margin of 1.65 lakh votes, shocked his party and family last Saturday after he joined hands with the BJP and became deputy chief minister in the Devendra Fadnavis-led government.

The NCP subsequently sacked him as its legislature unit leader the same day.

However, he continues to be a member of the party.

Ajit Pawar on Tuesday resigned as Dy CM citing "personal reason", following which Fadnavis too stepped down as chief minister, bringing the curtains down on the 80-hour- old BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

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