Patole, who is a close confidante of Rahul Gandhi, said that Rahul has given the green signal to him to contest the local body and other elections on its own.
As Maharashtra’s Uddhav Thackeray government is set to induct new faces into the ministry, sources said.
Queried on whether Patole's recent remarks pointed to lack of unity in the ruling dispensation, Pawar said such statements are made in closed-door meetings to boost the morale of party workers.
Pawar is a Rajya Sabha member and his party is a key constituent of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), which is led by Thackeray's Shiv Sena.
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The party went on to say that despite the threat of COVID-19, the vaccination policy has been a failure, and many centres had to be shut down in Maharashtra due to shortage of vaccine doses.
Fadnavis also reiterated that the three-party MVA dispensation will collapse under its own weight, and asserted that once that happens, his party would provide an alternative government in the state.
Pawar is considered the chief architect of the MVA which came to power in November 2019 under the stewardship of Chief Minister and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Patole changed his statement saying he was referring to the Central government and not the state government.
Patole on Monday claimed wrong information was being spread through the media and asserted there was no dispute among MVA allies and the Congress was being deliberately targeted.
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Speaking at a meeting of party workers in Lonavala during weekend, Patole said the Congress is resurrecting itself in Maharashtra and this has caused disquiet among the Shiv Sena and the NCP.
Pawar was responding to a query on the remarks made by Nana Patole at the meeting of the Pune district Congress committee held in Lonavala on Friday.
Patole had earlier alleged that his phone was tapped in 2017 when the Fadnavis-led government was at the helm.
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Nana Patole has claimed that his phone was tapped during 2016-17 when he was a Member of Parliament and when the state government was headed by Devendra Fadnavis.
Congress MLA Nana Patole lleged that along with his phone, the phones of several important leaders of NCP, BJP, Shiv Sena as well as those of IAS and IPS officers were tapped in 2016-17.
Patole, who was on a tour of north Maharashtra to expand the party base, was abruptly summoned to the national capital on Friday.