Maharashtra’s influential figure Sharad Govindrao Pawar has emerged victorious in Round One, as the top-level committee of his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) unanimously dismissed his resignation as party chief.
Consequently, Pawar has decided to continue in his position. The party, including his nephew Ajit Pawar, has expressed their support for his leadership, essentially making it a referendum on his authority. None of the party members, be it Praful Patel, Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil, or even his daughter Supriya Sule, were willing to step into his significant role as the party’s national president, acknowledging the immense responsibility it entails.
He mentioned that he had communicated with his party leaders and expressed his belief in giving new leaders the opportunity and responsibility at various levels within the party. Furthermore, he disclosed that during the discussion, some leaders had suggested his daughter Supriya Sule, who is a member of parliament, to assume the role of the working president of the NCP, but she declined.
Sharad Pawar revealed that his nephew Ajit Pawar, a former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, was the only NCP leader who had prior knowledge of his intention to resign, and therefore supported his decision. He emphasized that Ajit Pawar harbored no resentment towards him or the party.
Later in the evening, Ajit Pawar expressed that Sharad Pawar’s choice to continue as the chief of the NCP would invigorate party workers and strengthen the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition.
Sharad Pawar, the founder of the NCP in 1999 after separating from the Congress, surprised his party members by announcing his resignation as the party’s president on Tuesday, citing his intention to create an opportunity for new leadership.
Among the party leaders, the only one who seemed to accept the decision and discuss the future was Ajit Pawar, Sharad Pawar’s political successor. Ajit Pawar’s recent actions have sparked speculation that he might potentially split from the party and align with the BJP.