Mumbai: NCP leader Bhaskar Jadhav, who was dropped from Maharashtra cabinet earlier this week, has been named the president of the party's state unit on Saturday.

Jadhav succeeded Madhukar Pichad, who was among the six ministers inducted in Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday.
    
The party also announced that Jitendra Awhad, a legislator from Thane, will be the new working president of its state unit.
    
The announcements were made at a meeting of the party in presence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
    
The appointment of the new state NCP chief assumes significance as the party gears up for the 2014 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra Assembly elections.
    
NCP dropped six of its 20 ministers in a recent reshuffle exercise. The party is also in coalition with Congress in the state.
    
Last week, Pawar, in a surprising move, asked all the 20 ministers of his party to submit their resignations.
    
"There was a feeling that if new faces aren't brought in, the party's young leadership will soon be demoralized and will start feeling restive," a party leader said.

(Agencies)

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