Mumbai: It is believed that NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s exasperation with the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is the principal reason behind the former’s resignation from the post of state’s deputy Chief Minister two days back. A section of NCP leaders are still pressing for his return in Maharashtra Cabinet but Ajit Pawar is reportedly averse to this as long as Prithviraj Chavan continues to be the Chief Minister of the state.

NCP chief agrees to Ajit Pawar’s exit

Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that Ajit Pawar’s resignation issue is over now as it has been submitted after due consideration over it. He also made it clear that the resignations of other NCP ministers following Ajit Pawar’s resignation would not be accepted.

The former Deputy CM is said to be annoyed with the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for latter’s consent to opposition’s demand to bring a whitepaper on Rs 70,000 crore Irrigation scam in the state. In the wake of this, the NCP leadership and Ajit Pawar believe that the Congress Party has connived against them to malign the image of NCP leaders. Even senior NCP leader and Union Minister Praful Patel has alleged that Congress is doing all this as a part of a political conspiracy to target Ajit Pawar.

It is also important to note that a section of state NCP leaders are of the view that all party ministers should quit the government and the party should continue its outside support. They believe that doing so will deter the Chavan government from carrying forward the probe into the scam.

However, another section of party leaders are of the view that if the NCP quit the government, it will benefit the Congress Party only and NCP will get nothing as a PIL seeing probe into irrigation scam has already been filed in the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. If the court handed over the probe to CBI, a central agency, the Congress Party can create a lot of troubles for Pawar from Delhi.

Cong asks Chavan to accept Ajit Pawar’s resignation

Making its stand clear on the political crisis arisen out of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s resignation from the Maharashtra government, the Congress high command on Thursday asked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to accept the NCP leader’s resignation.

Speculations are rife in the political corridor that Ajit Pawar will no longer continue in the Chavan cabinet. Extending support to Ajit Pawar, no NCP ministers on Wednesday reached the Mantralaya.


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