Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar on Sunday afternoon reached Raj Bhawan along with a section of party MLAs. Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde was also at the Governor’s residence amid reports of Ajit Pawar’s faction joining the NDA government in the state.
Senior NCP leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Praful Patel have joined Ajit Pawar in his meeting with Ramesh Bais.
Local media reports claim Pawar will share the Deputy Chief Minister post with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis. Ajit Pawar had publically expressed his desire to step down as Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly.
Reports suggest Ajit Pawar and other NCP leaders will get certain portfolios in the upcoming cabinet expansion.
The massive development comes after Ajit Pawar earlier during the day met some party leaders and MLAs at his official residence in Mumbai.
However, NCP president Sharad Pawar, who was in Pune, said he was unaware of the meet, but added that Ajit Pawar, as leader of opposition (LoP) in the Maharashtra Assembly, can call a meeting of legislators.
The meeting assumes significance in the wake of Ajit Pawar recently saying he was not keen on continuing as the LoP and wanted to work in the party organisation.
Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and party’s working president Supriya Sule were among the leaders present at the meeting held at Ajit Pawar’s official residence ‘Devgiri’, while state party president Jayant Patil was not present.
Some MLAs were also present in the meeting.