Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who recently rebelled against his uncle and Nationalist Congress Party patriarch Sharad Pawar to join the BJP-led government in Maharashtra along with several loyal MLAs, today made a one-day surprise visit with all NCP ministers ahead of the commencement of the monsoon session of the Maharashtra Assembly. .
“Today we met our God and our leader Sharad Pawar to seek his blessings,” a jubilant Patel said as the rebels exited the meeting.
“We came here without any appointment. We understood that Sharad Pawar had reached here for a meeting and that’s why we all came here to take his blessings,” he said.
Mr. Patel, a long-time confidant of the NCP chief, whose betrayal hurt Sr. Pawar the most, said he had also requested Sharad Pawar that they all respect him a lot but the NCP should stay together and even he should think about it properly. And help them in the future.
“Sharad Pawar did not give us any answer, he was just listening to what we were saying and we are going back after meeting him,” he said.
Ajit Pawar, after a meeting with his loyal NCP leaders at his residence Devagiri Bungalow, went to YB Chavan St to meet Sharad Pawar.
Jayant Patil, who was in a meeting with opposition parties ahead of the monsoon session, was also called by Supriya Sule to YB Chavan.
All the nine MLAs who took oath, including Praful Patel and Sunil Tatkare, were present in the meeting. Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule, Jayant Patil, Jitendra Awahad were also present.
This was the first meeting between the group led by Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar after he rebelled against his uncle and joined the Eknath Shinde government on 2 July.
Ajit Pawar also visited Silver Oak, the NCP supremo’s official residence, two days ago after he was discharged from the hospital following a surgery at Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai on Friday, to meet his aunt Pratibha Pawar.
Ajit Pawar is known to be close to his aunt Pratibha. In 2019, he was reportedly instrumental in bringing her back into the NCP fold after she and Devendra Fadnavis formed a short-lived government after the assembly elections.
Known as ‘Kaki’ among NCP leaders, Pratibha Pawar is often seen as the matriarch of the party but has never been active in politics.