The Election Commission on Wednesday extended the deadline by three weeks for the Nationalist Congress Party factions to provide their responses to the notice concerning the party’s name and official symbol. The Sharad Pawar faction had originally requested a four-week extension through a letter to the electoral body. Both factions are required to submit their responses by September 8.
On July 27th, the election commission had dispatched notices to both the Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar factions, setting a deadline for their responses by tomorrow, August 17th. Additionally, the election commission received sworn statements from 40 MPs, MLAs, and MLCs, accompanied by a resolution from members of the rebel faction, affirming their selection of Ajit Pawar as the leader of the NCP.
Within three days, the Pawar faction expelled all nine MLAs, along with working president Praful Patel and general secretary Sunil Tatkare. This resolution was reached during the party’s working committee meeting held in Delhi.
In a separate development, Pawar engaged in a private meeting with his nephew Ajit Pawar in Pune, generating conjecture about their future actions. The meeting, which lasted for three hours, occurred at the residence of an industrialist.
When questioned regarding the meeting, Pawar asserted that the discussion was not concealed. He stated, “What is amiss in meeting my nephew? If a senior family member wishes to meet another family member, there should be no cause for concern,” he remarked. The NCP leader also affirmed his stance of never aligning with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
“As the national president of the NCP, I want to clearly state that my party (NCP) will not form an alliance with the BJP. Any association with the Bharatiya Janata Party contradicts the NCP’s political principles,” he concluded.