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Maharashtra politics likely to take turn; 40 NCP leaders back Ajit Pawar’s bid to tie up with BJP, states report

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Ajit Pawar, leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), is reportedly gaining momentum in his efforts to become the next chief minister of Maharashtra in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A report in The New Indian Express quoted their sources within the NCP, about 40 of the party’s 53 MLAs have given their consent signatures to support Pawar’s bid. The list of signatures is expected to be presented to the governor at the appropriate time.

Pawar’s bid for the chief minister post follows reports that the Supreme Court may disqualify lawmakers from the Shiv Sena who have rebelled against the current chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray. This development would create a power vacuum, which Pawar is keen to fill with the BJP’s support.

While Pawar’s bid is gaining momentum, it is intriguing that the NCP’s patriarch, Sharad Pawar, has remained silent. In 2019, when Ajit Pawar bolted, Sharad Pawar had called up all NCP lawmakers to keep the party intact. However, this time around, he has not made any counter move. According to sources, Ajit Pawar is personally calling up NCP MLAs to seek their signatures, but Sharad Pawar has not yet intervened.


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