Sharad Pawar, the chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), expressed his willingness to welcome back the rebel faction led by his nephew, Ajit Pawar. In a press conference on Saturday, he stated that if the rebel leaders reconsidered their decision and returned to the party, he would have no objections. However, Pawar acknowledged that these leaders were no longer political novices and had gained significant influence within the party.
Sharad Pawar addressed Ajit Pawar’s claims that discussions had taken place within the NCP regarding an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He clarified that while discussions occur regularly, the decision to align with the saffron party had never been made. Pawar emphasized that discussions should not be misconstrued as final decisions.
When asked about appealing to Ajit Pawar and the rebel leaders to return, Sharad Pawar stated that he would not escalate tensions and that he had no issue if they reconsidered their choices. He referred to a Marathi poem to highlight the leaders’ growth and influence within the party.