Rebel NCP leader Praful Patel during a press conference held in Mumbai on Monday said that they have collectively appointed Sunil Tatkare as the Maharashtra NCP President, while Sharad Pawar will continue to be the national president of the party.
Patel also announced that Anil Bhaidas Patil has been appointed as the chief whip of NCP in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Patel further said that “No one has the right to disqualify the leaders who have taken the decision to join the Maharashtra government.”
“I have taken over as the State president of the Nationalist Congress Party. I will strengthen the party in Maharashtra. I have taken into confidence all leaders of the party. I have also called a meeting of all the legislators and zila parishad leaders,” said Sunil Tatkare after Patel’s announcement.
While addressing the press conference, Patel said,”Ajit Pawar has been elected as the lesgisative leder of the NCP.”
Sharad Pawar’s nephew and Maharashtra Deputy CM, Ajit Pawar claimed that most of the NCP MLAs are on their side.
“I read an article that a Leader of the Opposition and a chief whip has been appointed. Let me tell you that the Speaker can appoint the LoP and the LoP is made based on the party that has the majority of MLAs in the opposition. We all are in NCP. It doesn’t make any sense. Maximum MLAs of NCP are with us and we will continue to work for Maharashtra and NCP,” said Ajit Pawar.